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TV may affect how parents speak to kids

June 2, 2009 9:18:18 AM PDT
If the TV is always on at your home, it could be affecting the way you speak to your children, according to researchers.A new study suggests that when the television is on, adults speak fewer words to babies and toddlers, and children respond less as well.

Many households use the TV as background noise, which experts say could lead to poorer communication and attention skills in small children.

Researchers say having the TV on occasionally doesn't hurt, but it's better to get children to engage in interactive activities.

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