The human brain experiences the highest growth rate of our entire lifetime between the ages of birth and 3 years old. Studies show a strong positive correlation -- the earlier and more TV screen time exposure experienced, the higher chance of an increase in attention deficit issues by the time children turn 7. The key is in the pacing of the TV programs and the content which is presented. Children who spent more time doing cognitive learning activities such as hands on playtime or storytime, are less likely to develop attention issues.
Dr. Dimitri Christakis is the director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Research Institute. He is also a pediatrician at the Seattle Children's Hospital and professor in the School of Medicine at University of Washington. He has devoted his career to investigating how early experiences affect children and to helping parents improve their children's early learning environments. He has authored more than 170 research articles and co-authored the book The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids. This is a good resource for parents to reference about choosing appropriate media experiences for your family.
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