Cut kids’ tube time, Knox prof advises

From the Register-Mail:

Whether parents realize it or not, television affects their children’s lives in profound ways, a Knox College professor told Cooke Elementary School parents Thursday.

‘When children watch a lot of television, it interrupts their creativity and their ability to think like they should,’ said Tim Kasser, professor of psychology at Knox. ‘We have completely changed childhood in the last 50 years. We’ve been doing a massive experiment with children by having them spend time in front of a screen.’

Kasser’s presentation, ‘The Effects of Media on Children,’ was part of an informational night for Cooke parents, said Principal Jean Brown.

‘We wanted to let our parents become aware of how violence affects children,’ she said. ‘If you spend more family time, you get better results.’