Are My Kids Watching Too Much TV?

I have three children under the age of 7, and they watch a lot of television. I'm worried that it's too much. Should I limit their TV viewing?

– Karen

Television can be a source of learning and entertainment. But studies have shown that too much TV can make kids more likely to be obese — and, depending on the content, more aggressive.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that older kids not watch more than 1–2 hours of TV or video per day, and that kids under age 2 not watch any television. They also recommend that the shows children watch be nonviolent and educational. Above all, TV shouldn't be a substitute for activities like playing, exercising, or reading.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: February 2010

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