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Experts say TV does not harm children's development

26th March 2013

Researchers have said that young children who watch television or play computer games are not harming their social development.


A study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) found that it was incorrect to link poor behaviour with watching TV.

The MRC carried out research using 11,000 children of primary school age and asked mothers in the UK about their children's television habits and behaviour.

Dr Parkes, head of the MRC's social and public health sciences unit in Glasgow, said it was not right to associate bad behaviour with watching television.

"We found no effect with screen time for most of the behavioural and social problems that we looked at and only a very small effect indeed for conduct problems, such as fighting or bullying."

"Our work suggests that limiting the amount of time children spend in front of the TV is, in itself, unlikely to improve psychosocial adjustment," she added. 


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