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Study TV doesn’t just turn kids into couch potatoes — it also makesthem poorer math students and less interested in school, says along-term study on the toll of the tube on children.

Study TV doesn’t just turn kids into couch potatoes — it also makes them poorer math students and less interested in school, says a long-term study on the toll of the tube on children.

The study, which followed 1,134 Quebec children, looked at their viewing habits at 29 and 53 months, and then their academic and physical development by age 10.

For every hour above the average for TV viewing in the early years — which, in the study, was slightly more than one hour per day — there was a six per cent drop in math success, seven per cent in classroom engagement, as well as a 10 per cent increase in being bullied at school.

The preschool period is a critical time for brain development, as well as a time for learning social skills and building healthy habits for life, said lead author Linda Pagani of the Sainte-Justine hospital research centre, Université de Montréal.

 
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