Study: Media regulation by parents spurs healthy behaviors in children

03/31/2014 | Reuters · HealthDay News

Parents who closely monitored their children's media consumption helped them get more sleep, improve their academic performance and lessen their aggression, a study in JAMA Pediatrics indicated. Researchers said more sleep also was tied to a lower body mass index. "Pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses and other health care professionals who encourage parents to be more involved in their children's media may be much more effective at improving a wide range of healthy behaviors than they realize," study author Douglas Gentile said in a news release.

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