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Study: Too much TV can psychologically damage your kids

Oct. 11, 2010 at 9:40 AM ET

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A new study is suggesting what many parents have been telling their kids for decades: too much television is bad for you. British researchers have found that more than two hours spent watching TV or playing video games could put your child at a greater risk of psychological problems. Regardless of age, sex or even if the child in question maintains an otherwise rigorous regimen of daily physical activity, the consequences of too much time in front of the screen can negatively affect that child’s mental well-being. Just last week, the Daily Mail reported a disturbing story of a child whose behavior changed radically after too much television. It's an all-too-familiar situation for many parents.

To combat the problem, Dr. Thomas N. Robinson of Stanford University School of Medicine recommends establishing a screen-time budget to reduce children's exposure and improve their health.

As any parent can tell you, budgeting a child’s TV time is a directive that will invariably be met with resistance. Parents, do you agree with the findings of this study? What steps do you take to limit your child’s TV time? What steps can you recommend to parents who might still be struggling? Share your stories in the comment section below.

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