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Electronic Devices: In the Bedroom?
Electronics in the Bedroom

Putting a TV, computer, or video games in your child's room may keep them happy, but knowing that a link between electronic devices in the bedroom and lack of sleep contributes to higher child obesity rates, may cause you to think twice. According to the journal Pediatric Obesity, children with access to one electronic device in the bedroom were one-and-a-half times more likely to be overweight compared to kids with no devices in their bedroom. And, with more than one or two devices, this rate doubled. The American Academy of Pediatrics found that children who had a TV in their bedroom watched 4.8 hours per week more than children without. Increased media is associated with increased obesity rates in children.

Many of the negative effects of electronics in the bedroom are directly linked to lack of sleep, which in turn leads to:

  • Less physical activity
  • Increase of fat/sugar intake
  • Poor concentration
  • Decreased social activity

A good night's sleep can have a positive impact on your child's daily function by:

  • Increasing physical activity
  • Encouraging social interaction
  • Making better food choices
  • Good concentration in school

Parents should limit their children's television viewing to no more than two hours per day, and remove electronic devices from the bedroom.