If you’re worried about your child’s grades, it might be time to make some changes in his room. Ditch the TV, as it keeps from performing useful activities. Instead of learning, doing homework, or even sleeping, kids tend to spend more time in front of the TV if it’s right there in their bedroom. Also, it encourages them to become sedentary, increasing the obesity risk, or might get them addicted.
A team of researchers from Iowa State University developed one of the first studies which looked at the effects of a TV of gaming system kept in a child’s room. They discovered a clear difference between children who slept with a TV in their room, and those who went in the living room to play or watch cartoons.
Too much TV leads to more bad grades
If the TV and video games are more accessible for the child, he tends to get engaged in such activities too much. This is not good for the other things he should do, such as reading and learning. A TV in their room is bad for their sleep as well, as they tend to keep it turned on even past their bed time. This became visible in their grades.
Moreover, having media sources in their own room can lead to many other consequences. These children are often found to be watching more violent programs, since their parents are not always there to check on them. Such a situation often contributed to their behavior, as they became more aggressive.
The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, monitored children’s screen time, as well as the effects a prolonged screen time might have. It discovered how the number keeps increasing, as the average time per week has almost reached 60 hours.
Also, more than 40 percent of kids between 4 and 6 years old, and most children aged 8 or older have a TV in their room. Most of the time, parents think they do something good for their kids, but often fail to assess the risk associated with it.
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