Home Health Parents News Now To Limit Kids' TV Time, Parents Should Control Their Own To Limit Kids' TV Time, Parents Should Control Their Own By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 17, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_143446972 30411 According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, what's most important in children's viewing habits is how much TV (or DVDs or online entertainment) parents watch. The researchers interviewed 1550 parents with children 17 or younger about both their own and their children's screen time, and when possible, they also asked the adolescents about how much television they watched. The amount of TV the parents watched predicted the kids' screen time, and this association was even stronger than that linked to parental restrictions on TV viewing, where the TVs were placed in the home, or how much television parents and children watched together. On average, parents spent about four hours a day in front of a screen, and those who watched more media had kids who watched more. In fact, every hour that parents viewed TV was linked to nearly an additional half hour of screen time for their kids. There were some differences according to age, however. Restrictions on viewing had some effect for kids aged six to 11, and adolescents reported watching an hour more a day than their parents estimated. For over a decade, pediatricians have been recommending less screen time for kids (a maximum of 2 hours a day for non-educational TV) because heavy viewing is linked to obesity, inactivity, poor sleep, and poor academic achievement. "Lots of parents are concerned about how much TV their kids watch," says Amy Bleakley, lead author of the study and a senior research scientist at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania. "We wanted to raise awareness of how their own media habits may be affecting that of their kids." Image: Child watching TV, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment To Limit Kids' TV Time, Parents Should Control Their Own Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.