Children and Television
Does anyone know of any good articles or studies online about the effects of television on the health and development of young children? (or on the physical and social health of adults, for that matter....) Thanks!
A while back I posted “The 15 ways in which too much TV wrecks your child's health”.
Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think and What We Can Do About it by Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
 Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds--for Better and Worse , by the same author.

The Plug-In Drug: Television, Computers, and Family Life by Marie Winn, looks interesting, but I've never read it.

Here is a review of the first book, and if you click on the link you will find the first chapter as well:

Is today's fast-paced media culture creating a toxic environment for our children's brains?
In this landmark, bestselling assessment tracing the roots of America's escalating crisis in education, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., examines how television, video games, and other components of popular culture compromise our children's ability to concentrate and to absorb and analyze information. Drawing on neuropsychological research and an analysis of current educational practices, Healy presents in clear, understandable language:
  • How growing brains are physically shaped by experience
  • Why television programs — even supposedly educational shows like Sesame Street — develop "habits of mind" that place children at a disadvantage in school
  • Why increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with attention deficit disorder
  • How parents and teachers can make a critical difference by making children good learners from the day they are born

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