Flunking rate higher with too much TV

The Dominion Post 31 May 2007
Research showing that teenagers who watch three hours or more of television a day are at higher risk of flunking school should have lessons for New Zealand parents, education psychologists say. A United States study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine this month, found a link between excessive television viewing and persistent attention and learning difficulties.Interviews held over a 21-year period with 678 mothers and children found television viewing time of three hours or more a day at age 14 indicated academic failure, attention problems, low homework completion and negative attitudes about school. Assessment at age 16 showed increased television viewing was associated with a higher risk of academic failure, and those pupils who had cut down on their viewing got better grades.

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