Every year without fail, a study turns up about how TV impacts children, sending ripples that only go so far as a nice 6′ O clock news byte. This one, is about the negative influence on a child’s ability to learn, read and TVs correlation to low academic skills.
It has always stupified me why people even study this area. Do we still need proof? Any educator wil tell you as much. Heck, anyone with an ounce of common sense will tell you that most of what might be deemed ‘useful’ on TV can be found in books, or out in the garden. Sidebar: The average child spends more time watching TV than in school. So says the Univ. of Michigan.
Anyway, the report this week is about 3 studies. One study (from New Zealand’s University of Otago) was done with children between the ages of 5 and 15. Another from the University of Washington on young children and reading comprehension. The other is from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school in Stanford, California.