New research has found a correlation between the number of hours spent watching TV at the age of 29 months to the likelihood a child will be bullied in sixth grade.
“It is plausible that early lifestyle habits characterized by less effortful interactive experiences, such as early televiewing, can ultimately result in social skill deficits,” said Professor Linda Pagani, Ph.D., of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital.
“More time spent watching television leaves less time for family interaction, which remains the primary vehicle for socialization.”
“Early television exposure is also linked with developmental deficits associated with brain functions that drive interpersonal problem solving, emotional regulation, socially competent peer play, and positive social contact,” she continued.
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