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Week: 604.5

Guest: Dr. Timothy Doran, Pediatric physician, Flagship Health Care, Assoc. Prof. of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore

Topic: Watching TV with kids

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Take your kids away, from the TV...coming up...

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NEMA: Studies have shown that the level of violence in TV programs have a strong effect on the way kids think and act...Dr. Tim Doran and the American Academy Pediatrics believe we should limit kids’ viewing to one hour per day...and be aware of what they’re watching...

DORAN: Certainly, when a parent will sit down and watch a show with a child, and if there are controversial topics that come up during that show, they can explain those issues and they can use it as an opportunity for teaching, and teaching values especially. So, that if there is some TV watching, that the parents really be informed and tuned in, literally, to what the children are watching. And finally, we would strongly urge parents not to allow children to have TV’s in their own room. We also strongly advise parents not to allow TV watching during mealtime, which should really be a sacrosanct period of time for the family.

NEMA: Dr. Doran says every hour watching the tube, or playing violent video games is an hour not spent in hobbies, sports and family activities. I’m Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.



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