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Which is worse? TV or Facebook?



texting.jpgCan't kids do both and still do well in school? Isn't is all about balance and priorities?

From the Associated Press:

"Douglas Gentile, a child psychologist and associate professor at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, who studies the effects of media on children, says texting, Facebook and video games are not inherently bad. Nor are they inherently better or worse than watching TV, although they do pose different risks, such as cyberbullying.

But research has shown that the more time kids spend in front of screens - whether it's TV or instant-messaging - the worse their school performance. "That doesn't mean it's true for every kid, but it makes sense, that for every hour a kid is playing video games, it's an hour that they're not doing homework or reading or exploring or creating," he said."

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[Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:44am]


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