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Chilling Facts About TV

  • Academic achievement drops sharply for children who watch more than 10 hours a week of TV, according to the report "Strong Families, Strong Schools," from the U.S. Department of Education, December 1994.
  • The same report stated that three factors—student absenteeism, a variety of reading material in the home, and excessive TV watching—account for nearly 90% of the difference in the average performance of 8th graders’ mathematics scores.
  • American children spend more time watching TV than they do in school, according to Drs. Sege and Dietz in Pediatrics, October 1994.
  • Sixth and 12th grade California students who were heavy viewers of TV scored lower on reading, written expression and math achievement tests than students who viewed little or no television. (Judith Van Evra, p. 53.)
  • North Carolina fourth graders watch an average of four hours of TV per day, and 25% of the children watch six hours or more. (1992 Study.)
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