Want to put a TV in your child's room? Experts say think twice

Kids' physical, emotional health might be affected by too much screen time

Kids between ages 2 and 5 spend on average 32 hours a week in front of a TV.

The average American home has 2.3 TVs. However, a new study suggests you might want to avoid putting one in your child’s room.

The study shows that it might not be good for kids’ physical or emotional health later on. 

Scientists studied 1,859 boys and girls. They found kids with TVs in their bedrooms at age 4 displayed more unhealthy habits by age 12.

Specifically, preschoolers with TVs in their rooms were reported to be more likely to be overweight and eat unhealthy foods. They also reported increased loneliness, sadness, depression, negative self-esteem and aggression. Also, they said they were less sociable.

Experts believe having a TV in the bedroom may lead to isolation, less physical activity and poor sleeping habits.

Limit screen time to two hours a day or less.

Most kids should get at least an hour of daily moderate-to-vigorous exercise and between nine and 11 hours of sleep a night.

Remember it’s not just how much TV your child is watching, it’s also where the viewing is taking place. 

Authors of the study say while this research focused only on TV watching, it may apply to other forms of screen use like tablets and iPhones.