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Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: TV In Your Kid’s Bedroom Causes Anxiety

By Joe Mathieu, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
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BOSTON (CBS) – Every kid wants a TV in their room. And a laptop or iPad.

Oh and a phone too.

That way you never have to leave the room. Deal with mom and dad. And God forbid, share the remote.

No one should be surprised by this. It’s the way kids think, right? You may have heard this from your own kids.

Well a new study suggests that parents should learn to say no.

The research, reported by The Telegraph, finds the TVs, computers, phones and, yes, video games, cause anxiety and keep kids from getting enough sleep.

They say it’s because turning your kid’s room into a Best Buy showroom teaches their brain to see the room as an entertainment zone, rather than a place for rest. And this scenario is becoming a lot more common. A separate study shows some 70% of teenagers have TVs in their rooms, as some of you can relate:

And it’s not just the TV. The violent video games many kids play before bed were also found to create negative associations with the bedroom.

The Journal of Pediatric Psychology says missing even one hour’s sleep can hurt a child’s performance at school.

Sorry kids. I hate to sound like a grumpy old man but it may be time to cut the cord in your room. And get to bed.

Follow Joe on Twitter @joemathieuwbz

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