'Second-hand TV' harmful to babies

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 20, 2011 - 8:35 AM

The American Academy of Pediatrics says infants shouldn't watch any television -- even shows branded educational -- and addressed the issue of "secondhand TV" for the first time.

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soannoyedOct. 19, 11 5:56 AM

This, not television, is the true problem - He and his wife both work outside the home, so they only have 90 minutes with their daughter between picking her up from day care and putting her to bed. We work too much in this country, 95% of us out of necessity, not choice. Me included. Now I feel sad.

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ford1949Oct. 19, 11 6:17 AM

Nicole from Lakeville keep up the good work. Aside from a few light- hearted cartoons there is nothing of value for kids from the TV. Our 5 and 7 year old watch little to no TV. Frankly, since they weren't brought up on it they have no interest at all. Read and play outside.

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eterrellOct. 19, 11 7:11 AM

Very simple explanation for the language problem: Language is for communication with other people. Everytime someone responds to a baby trying out sounds, the baby learns what works and what doesn't. Cooing gets smiles, screeching gets attention, the first "mama" or "dada" elicits shrieks of joy and much hugging and excitement! Baby learns, "hey this fun! I get something when I do this." This sets the stage for learning the connection between talking and connecting with people. Baby coos at the TV or says "energy equals mass times velocity squared" and nothing happens. The people on the screen don't respond at all. This teaches the baby that making noise and language is pointless, or random and unpredictable if it works sometimes and not others, so he or she doesn't learn that language is important to getting what they want in the world. They are playing catch up by the time they are older toddlers trying to interact with the world.

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EbuddyOct. 19, 11 9:49 AM

Everything in moderation...it's all about what kind of television shows and how often. It CAN be another parenting tool to help kids grow and explore. On the other hand, TV isn't your babysitter.

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shimbumOct. 19, 1112:14 PM

Can the author do some research and give us another story on what exposure is appropriate to computers? There are generations now that don't use or have a TV but most all of their time and interaction is on the computer. I realize it's more "active" interaction and that you can play videos etc. But what were the age appropriate recommendations for computer use? thanks!

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mouthwashOct. 19, 1112:18 PM

On the other hand, being 1 or 2 feet in front of a computer monitor is supposed to be totally harmless to anyone of any age group.

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woldygirlOct. 19, 1112:49 PM

Awesome. Now in addition to high fructose corn syrup, vaccinations, and pedophiles I can add second-hand television to my list of parental paranoia.

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highlandguyOct. 19, 11 1:08 PM

Is second hand TV the baby watching the reflection of the TV in my eyeballs?

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thepiepz123Oct. 19, 11 1:35 PM

This article makes sense. Kids need to be active and interactive with people and objects and not TV's or even computers and cell phones. There is something extra a child gains when not plopped down in front of them.

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wingknutOct. 19, 11 3:02 PM

Ok, then how about a fish tank?

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