Violent TV, DVD, Video, PC Game Show Badly Effect on Kids Health
A study by Dr. Markus Dworak and colleagues from German Sport University Cologne described in the journal Pediatrics; found that playing a heart-pounding computer game may have trouble sleeping and remembering what they just learned for their homework and ultimate effects on children's health and well-being is considered a serious problem.” Our results provide supplementary evidence for a negative influence of excessive media consumption on children's sleep, health, and performance," they say.
"Toddlers and young children who watch violent movies, including Halloween horror films, television shows or video games may be more likely to develop anxiety, sleep disorders, and aggressive and self-endangering behaviors”; according to the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center study. Studies in children have shown that playing interactive video games can lead to significant increases in heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, "and thus a higher arousal state of the central nervous system.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), kids in the United States watch about 4 hours of TV a day - even though the AAP guidelines say children older than 2 should watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming. And, according to the guidelines, children under age 2 should have no "screen time" (TV, DVDs or videotapes, computers, or video games) at all. During the first 2 years, a critical time for brain development.
Teens are notorious for staying up late at night and being hard to rouse in the morning. Your teen is probably no exception. But it's not necessarily because he or she is lazy or contrary. This behavior pattern actually has a physical cause. And there are ways to help mesh your teen's sleep schedule with that of the rest of the world.
Child Health Institute, Seattle, and associates found the apparent harmful impact of baby DVDs/videos on language development and concluded that no other form of media categories was associated with either better or worse language development in infants 8 to 16 months old. These categories were educational TV or DVDs like Sesame Street, Blue's Clues; non-educational TV like Sponge Bob Square pants and Bob the Builder; children's movies like Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, and adult TV like The Simpsons, Oprah, and sports programming.
Child television viewers are bombarded with health claims in television advertising. A typical child sees an estimated 40,000 ads a year, much of which promotes foods such as candy, soda, and snacks. Excessive television viewing is associated with physical inactivity, eating foods high in unhealthy fats and sugar, and a higher risk for overweight, all of which may have long-lasting adverse effects on health. By age 4 ½, children with excessive exposure to TV were nearly three times more likely to be overweight than those with less TV exposure. Additionally, children who watched two or more hours of TV a day had more behavior problems.
"Were now seeing an epidemic of type 2 diabetes mellitus in children," said Dr. Brenda Kohn, a pediatric endocrinologist at the New York University Medical Center. She noted that other disorders, such as high cholesterol, are also on the rise in heavier youngsters. Lifestyles with too little movement, too much TV exposure and way too much junk food are pushing U.S. children toward a life of overweight and obesity, a collection of this new studies concluded.
Researchers found that children who watched non-educational programs as toddlers were more likely than their peers to be restless and have difficulty concentrating 5 years later. This was particularly true of children who viewed violent programs.
For each hour of violence-tinged programs a young child watched per day, the risk of subsequent attention problems more than doubled the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics. Violence frequently came in the form of cartoons, including such innocuous seeming programs as "Looney Tunes; according to Zimmerman, of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.
Preschool boys exposed to violent television -- even cartoons are more likely to become aggressive later in life.
If parents are really interested in their kids' behavior, they have to be very selective and thoughtful about what their children watch. Indeed, the study suggests that trouble may lurk in cartoon programming as seemingly innocuous as Power Rangers and the animated Spiderman series.
"While the bad behavior being predicted is still behavior in childhood, society should be concerned about this effect, because the more aggressive child tends to grow up to be the more aggressive adult," he said. "So, if TV violence is increasing the aggression of preschoolers, it is likely to increase how aggressive they will be later in life as well;” told the researcher of the University of Michigan.
"The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children watch less than two hours of TV per day but reports that only half (51 percent) of pediatricians make this recommendation to patients. TV viewing is an attractive target for intervention, particularly among obese children with hypertension. Several studies have demonstrated that changing TV time alone can lead to weight loss, without any changes in physical activity," said Schwimmer, director of weight and wellness at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.
"It's never too late," Mistry said; a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. "That's an important message for parents as well as pediatricians, encouraging parents to turn off the TV and think about alternative activities for kids.” They found that kids who watched two or more hours of TV daily at ages 2.5-5.5 were more likely to suffer from sleep, attention and aggressive behavior problems, and "externalizing of problem behaviors.
Tara Stevens, assistant professor of educational psychology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock determined that watching more than two hours of television per day between the ages of 5 and 11 increased the likelihood of attention problems in adolescence, with each hour of television viewing increasing the risk of "high adolescent attention problems" -- that is, the top 10 percent of attention difficulties -- by about 40 percent. This association held even after accounting for gender, socioeconomic status, early attention problems, and early cognitive ability.
Another study shown that boys aged 13 and 14 living in rural areas are the most likely of their age group to access pornography, and parents need to be more aware of how to monitor their children's viewing habits, according to a new University of Alberta study. Ninety per cent of males and 70 per cent of females reported accessing sexually explicit media content at least once. More than one-third of the boys reported viewing pornographic DVDs or videos "too many times to count", compared to eight per cent of the girls surveyed; study reported.
A key finding from new Arizona State University study is that kids don't need to engage in high levels of physical activity to prevent obesity. Instead, adolescents who have less time to engage in sedentary activities because they are involved in other things -- including non-athletic activities such as school clubs, marching band, part-time jobs, volunteer work, church activities or household chores -- are less likely to become overweight.
Monitor both the time and content of television viewing (preferably less than 1.5 hours of TV, no more than 3 hours maximum). Expose the child to different stimuli by visiting local areas of interest. Do not allow broadcast or cable television in OST programs. For children under 2 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV viewing.
Not only can this habit damage her health (kids who watch a lot of television tend to eat more junk food, exercise less, and be more overweight), it means she's exposed to hour upon hour of televised violence and other disturbing images — not to mention advertising. Another thing to consider: The more time your kid spends in front of the TV, the less time she has to play, explore, and interact with you.
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