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That study was conducted on 1,500 children and lasted for several years

SRINAGAR, (PTK): A recent French study was conducted on the harms of children eating meals while watching TV, and indicated that this habit has several negative effects on children. The study confirmed that children who watch television while eating family meals have a lower language level on average.

The researcher at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and lead author of the study, Jonathan Bernard, explained, during an interview with Agence France-Presse, that parents should have a role in determining the use of TV and its times.

That study was conducted on 1,500 children and lasted for several years, and the researchers asked the parents, whether the television is turned on for children during meals, and the rate of time children spend in front of it or with the computer and video games.

The study indicated that those responsible for it worked on developing it by studying the language levels and abilities of the children, and the parents identified the words that could not be pronounced automatically from a list of 100 words.

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Between the ages of 3 and 5 and a half years, a psychiatrist measured the “verbal intelligence quotient”, the part of intelligence tests that relate to verbal exchanges, and the result was that they found no relationship between the total time of watching television and the language level of the children.

However, TV exposure during family meals was systematically associated with lower language levels at all ages participating in the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The study also revealed a statistical, not a causal, relationship between exposure to television and the development of language abilities, according to what was reported by the “Sky News” website.

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In a possible explanation for this phenomenon, Bernard said: Watching television causes it to be a brake on the child’s verbal interactions, which reduces the quality and proportion of exchanges between children and adults by distracting them.   

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