Three questions are answered:
- Do infant-directed programs have any educational value?
- What harm has been found in children under age 2 watching TV shows?
- What harmful effects have been observed from children under age 2 being exposed to secondhand TV (background media)?
As part of the third question, researchers have found that if a TV is on with an adult show, a child under 2 will look up at the screen 3 times per minute (every 20 seconds). No wonder kids who are playing in a room that has a TV on are not as engaged in their toys!