Samuels, C. (2017, December 28). More Than Two Hours of TV Daily Affects Children’s School Readiness, Study Finds. Retrieved January 16, 2019

Young children who watch more than two hours a day of television show decreased skills in math and executive functioning—the collective term for cognitive abilities related to attention, focus, and self-control—with low-income children faring the worst compared to children from higher-income families who viewed the same amount of TV. The study was published online in February by the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. The association between television viewing and a child’s math and executive functioning skills was highest for children in families earning at or below about $21,200 a year.

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