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Media impacts children and adolescents - The Galveston County Daily News : Columns

July 28, 2014

Media impacts children and adolescents

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 am

By the time an average child finishes high school, he or she will have spent thousands of hours in front of the television set. Today, many pediatricians believe excessive television viewing by youngsters reinforces such destructive behaviors as alcohol abuse and cigarette smoking.

According to a study published in Pediatrics, which is the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and television and other media represent one of the most important and underrecognized influences on child and adolescent health. “American media contribute more to adverse health outcomes than to positive or prosocial ones,” according to authors from the University of Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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