Electronic age kids can't read
November 05, 2003
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that young children, under the age of 6 spend as much or more time before a television or computer screen than they do playing outside and more than twice the amount of time reading or being read to.

Some of the findings in the study, Zero to Six: Electronic Media in the lives of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers are obvious: In "heavy TV" households - meaning the TV is always or mostly on, children are less likely to read every day and spend less time reading when they do read.

The study reveals that "in fact, they are less likely than other children to be able to read at all" (34 percent of children ages 4-6 from "heavy" TV households can read, compared to 56 percent of other children that age.)

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