Twenty percent of children under age 3 have a bedroom TV, says a new study reported by the Chicago Tribune.
In addition to the youngest group, 43 percent of 3- to 4-year-olds have TVs in their rooms, potentially setting up an unhealthy habit, the authors wrote. Previous studies have found that bedroom TVs are linked with childhood obesity, inactivity and low scores on reading and math tests. Research also suggests that extensive viewing before age 3 may cause attention problems later on.
When parents and children watch TV together, they can discuss what’s on the screen. But parents say they put a TV in their toddlers’ bedrooms so everyone in the family can watch their own show. No need to talk to each other.