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Television Watching Linked to Lower School Performance

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A child's home media environment may affect his or her performance on achievement tests, a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s school of public health and Stanford University has found.

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Students with television sets in their bedrooms scored 8 points lower on math and language arts achievements tests and 7 points lower on reading tests than their peers without bedroom TVs. Children with access to a home computer, by contrast, scored 6 points higher on math and language arts tests and 4 points higher on reading tests than children without home computers.

The study accounted for differences in family income as well as the educational backgrounds of parents.

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