Having a TV mounted in the room offers children steady access to a more privatized access, making you as a parent have less control of their use of the TV. Increased screen time was linked to physical aggression, higher BMI, and symptoms of game addictions.
Researchers have discovered that having video games or a TV in the bedroom makes kids spend little time, sleeping, reading or doing other things. It also raises their risk of obesity in children.
The findings published in the journal Developmental Psychology also has it that kids who watched and play video games that appeared violent tend to be more physically aggressive.
The study author who is also a professor of Psychology at Iowa State University, Douglas Gentile said that kids seldom watch educative programmes or games when they turn on the TV in their room. Children have 24-hours access to the TV when it’s in their room, and parents seem to monitor less, said Gentile.
Bedroom media makes kids hone their focus on the inside, making them put less time in other healthful and beneficial activities. The scientists checked kids for about 13 to 24 months and observed both TV and video games in the room raised the average screen time, which has negative effects on school grades.
The data was centered on the idea that students in the third, fourth and fifth grade read less due to the much time they spend watching TV. Higher screen time was also linked to physical aggression, higher body mass index, and signs of addiction to the video game.
Gentile said that it had been a well-established fact that the major prediction has access; if there’s no place to do your gambling activities, you can’t be addicted to that. Though the study focused on video games and TV, Gentile hopes the effect will be similar or even stronger if kids are allowed to access digital devices.