February 28, 2016

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Deborah Gilboa, MD
How much time do you spend in front of the TV?
All the "screen time limits" rules don't seem to matter as much as how much parents watch TV. It is, like with so many things, our habits that form the habits our kids will have.

Kids mimic what their parents do — and a new study on TV-viewing habits proves just that.

Research published July 15 in Pediatrics shows that the amount of time parents watch TV is connected to how much TV their children watch, even more so than the location of the TV in the home or the family’s rules for television watching.

“The best predictor of children’s TV time is their parents’ TV time,” study author Amy Bleakley, a policy research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center in Philadelphia, said to HealthDay. “If Mom and Dad automatically turn on the TV when they have free time…

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Deborah Gilboa, MD

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