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    SOURCE: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1034643,00.html Under-6s watch up to six hours of TV daily Colin Blackstock Wednesday September 3,
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      SOURCE: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1034643,00.html

      Under-6s watch up to six hours of TV daily
      Colin Blackstock
      Wednesday September 3, 2003
      The Guardian

      Children aged six and under are watching up to six hours of television a day
      even though their parents believe they should be outside playing, according
      to a survey published today.

      The study also found that a third of all five- to six-year-olds regularly
      play video games.

      The research showed that 86% of children in the six and under age bracket
      are watching up to six hours of television every day.

      The parents of those interviewed by NOP acknowledged their children watched
      a lot of television and 69% believed their offspring spent more time in
      front of TV than they did at a similar age.

      NOP interviewed 750 parents with children aged up to six for the toy
      retailer, the Early Learning Centre.

      It also found that 81% of working parents wished they had more time to spend
      with their offspring.

      But parents encouraged their children to play outside, with youngsters
      averaging 3.6 hours a day during the summer months.

      Almost all of those questioned believed play helped to develop their
      children's social and motor skills.

      Child psychologist Richard Woolfson said: "Parents today are much more aware
      of the benefits of play than in previous generations.

      "There is a clearer understanding that play contributes to child development
      in a variety of ways - that it is not 'just for fun' - and that play and
      learning are connected."

      Brian Young, a child psychologist at Exeter University, said the research
      suggested that parents still used television as a means to entertain their
      children.

      But he said that if parents watch television with their children it could
      benefit them emotionally and mentally.

      "It can be positive, constructive and enjoyable as long as parents explain
      the meaning of what they are watching," he told the Times.

      The research comes just days after David Bell, the chief inspector of
      schools, complained that communication and behavioural skills among
      five-year-olds were at an all-time low.

      Parents failed to impose proper discipline in the home and simply put
      children in front of the television rather than talk and play with them, he
      said.

      He also warned that it led to poor behaviour in class and the picture in
      primary schools around the country was that children were less well prepared
      than ever.


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      SOURCE: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1034643,00.html Under-6s watch up to six hours of TV daily Colin Blackstock Wednesday September 3,
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        SOURCE: http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,1034643,00.html

        Under-6s watch up to six hours of TV daily
        Colin Blackstock
        Wednesday September 3, 2003
        The Guardian

        Children aged six and under are watching up to six hours of television a day
        even though their parents believe they should be outside playing, according
        to a survey published today.

        The study also found that a third of all five- to six-year-olds regularly
        play video games.

        The research showed that 86% of children in the six and under age bracket
        are watching up to six hours of television every day.

        The parents of those interviewed by NOP acknowledged their children watched
        a lot of television and 69% believed their offspring spent more time in
        front of TV than they did at a similar age.

        NOP interviewed 750 parents with children aged up to six for the toy
        retailer, the Early Learning Centre.

        It also found that 81% of working parents wished they had more time to spend
        with their offspring.

        But parents encouraged their children to play outside, with youngsters
        averaging 3.6 hours a day during the summer months.

        Almost all of those questioned believed play helped to develop their
        children's social and motor skills.

        Child psychologist Richard Woolfson said: "Parents today are much more aware
        of the benefits of play than in previous generations.

        "There is a clearer understanding that play contributes to child development
        in a variety of ways - that it is not 'just for fun' - and that play and
        learning are connected."

        Brian Young, a child psychologist at Exeter University, said the research
        suggested that parents still used television as a means to entertain their
        children.

        But he said that if parents watch television with their children it could
        benefit them emotionally and mentally.

        "It can be positive, constructive and enjoyable as long as parents explain
        the meaning of what they are watching," he told the Times.

        The research comes just days after David Bell, the chief inspector of
        schools, complained that communication and behavioural skills among
        five-year-olds were at an all-time low.

        Parents failed to impose proper discipline in the home and simply put
        children in front of the television rather than talk and play with them, he
        said.

        He also warned that it led to poor behaviour in class and the picture in
        primary schools around the country was that children were less well prepared
        than ever.


        MediaGuardian.co.uk © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2003
        ____________________________________________
        Chris Schuepp
        Young People's Media Network
        Coordinator

        c/o Mobilitas Information Service
        Zivatar utca 1-3
        1024 Budapest, Hungary

        Tel: +36 (1) 438 1050
        Fax: +36 (1) 438 1055
        Mobile: +36 30 562 5834
        Email: cschuepp@...
        URL: www.unicef.org/magic
        Mailing list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/youthful-media
        ____________________________________________
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