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Can TV Lead to ADHD?

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Updated on Feb 26, 2008

In other words, when a child's brain gets to gorge on candy, a balanced meal of reading, writing, and 'rithmetic just doesn't look too appetizing. But that doesn't mean that kids can't treat their synapses to a snack now and then. As with all things, moderation is key. Wondering how to get your child to practice restraint in a world of instant gratification? Here are some tips:
 

  • Get the tube out of Timmy's room. “A lot of researchers in this field agree that having a TV in a child's bedroom isn't a good idea,” says Johnson. It can be a distraction that gets in the way of study and sleep time.
  • Ask yourself if it's hurting, or helping. Most parents, says Christakis, tune their toddlers in to the telly because they think it's good for their child's brain development. But according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, TV programs do not a brainy baby make. In contract, the AAP recommends discouraging television viewing for children under two, and promoting development by playing, talking, and reading together instead.
  • Get them interested. For older children, reducing TV privileges is likely to meet with resistance. “Try emphasizing all the things they could do if they didn't spend so much time watching television” advises Johnson. Getting involved with sports, community service, or personal projects after school will not only get him off the couch, it will also look good on a college application!

To learn more about making television work for you and your family, check out Dr. Christakis' guide for parents:

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