Interesting article from the New York Times.
A report published last week by the Millennium Cohort Study, a long-term study group in Britain that has been following 19,000 children born in 2000 and 2001, found that those who watched more than three hours of television, videos or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not. The study, of a sample of 11,000 children, found that children who played video games — often age-appropriate games — for the same amount of time did not show any signs of negative behavioral changes by the same age.
So… watching videos = bad, playing video games = good…? My kids don’t watch much television, but Luke (age 8) does play 30+ minutes of video games a day, usually on his iPod. Half of it is chess, and the other half tends to be Angry Birds or one of the Lego games.
I’d rather he played outside or read a book, but at least he’s not watching TV. Right? I should feel good about that?
What do you think?