Causal relation or correlation? Too much TV related to drops in school readiness

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The amount of screen time for younger kids has been subject to many discussion, with the guidelinespresented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) often as an important element in it. While there arecomments that the present guidelines aren’t that supported by science, this study seems to do so. But I beg to differ, as it seems that – as often is the case in such kind of studies – the researchers only found a correlation, not a causal relation. In fact: the study actually suggests an other possible explanation…

From the press release:

Watching television for more than a couple of hours a day is linked to lower school readiness skills in kindergartners, particularly among children from low-income families, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and Université Sainte-Anne.

The findings, published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, reinforce…

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