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Involved Parents Can Keep Kids off the Couch

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Parental involvement may keep kids from becoming couch potatoes, a study suggests. Researchers analyzed the behavior of parents in 200 families with children between the ages of 2 and 4. Preschoolers with less parental supervision spent an average of 30 minutes more a day watching TV, playing video games, or using a computer than kids with consistent parental oversight. The researchers speculate that engaged parents are more likely to set and enforce limits on screen time.
Source: Early Child Development and Care, published online June 21, 2012


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