The newspaper noted some limitations to the studies. For instance, the researchers from New Zealand said that it was possible that antisocial behavior led to more TV viewing and not vice versa. And in the Seattle study, researchers said that while parents were not told the purpose of the study, they may have modified their behavior, which could bias the results.
Both sets of researchers said more study is needed.
The children's hospital website noted some things that parents can do to improve the results of childhood screen time. Among them, it suggested keeping a "media diary" to be sure you know what TV shows and movies a child watches, choose less violent and more prosocial content, and watch programming with the kids.
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