June 1, 2009 (CHICAGO) --
Frequent exposure to television may harm communication between parents and young children.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no TV for children under two but most babies have access to at least an hour per day. And a new study reveals the potential impact on language development.
Researchers say adults used 770 fewer words per hour when the TV was on. In return, children also made fewer sounds.
Experts say occasional television won't hurt kids, but interactive playtime is better for their development.
The study is published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.