CHILDREN who watch a lot of television are less likely to do well in school or get a university degree, according to new studies by scientists in the United States and New Zealand.
The scientists recommended that children should not be allowed to have a TV set in their bedrooms so parents could control how much and what kind of programmes they are viewing. They added that a safe limit was considered to be one to two hours a day.
The New Zealand study followed nearly 1,000 people from the age of five to 26 and found the amount of television they watched appeared to affect their academic achievement regardless of intelligence, their family's socio-economic status and childhood behavioural problems.
Research at Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities in the US said that children in the third year of primary school, who have a TV set in their bedroom, performed "significantly" worse in...