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Too much TV time for toddlers linked to risk of being bullied

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics finds that toddlers who spend a lot of time watching TV are at an increased risk for bullying later on. Excessive TV time takes away opportunities for other, more engaging activities such as social experience. When children miss out on opportunities to learn how to engage emotionally and socially with others, they grow up with emotional deficits. This can make them more vulnerable to bullying.

“When the researchers analyzed the data, they found that for each additional hour a child watched TV, there was an increase of 11 percent in the amount of bullying they experienced in middle school.”

Parents should be careful about the amount of hours young children are spending in front of a screen.

One of the best ways to protect children from bullying is to encourage them in their hobbies. This could be music, dance, sports, writing, art, etc. When children feel successful at something, that builds confidence and offers immense protection from bullying.

The article abstract can be accessed here:

Full citation:
Watt, E., Fitzpatrick, C., Derevensky, J. L., & Pagani, L. S. (2015). Too Much Television? Prospective Associations Between Early Childhood Televiewing and Later Self-reports of Victimization by Sixth Grade Classmates. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 36(6), 426-433.

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