La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) - If you're afraid your kids watch too much television, you're probably right.
At least that's what a new study finds, and the problem could be even worse that you think.
A new study published in the Journal "Pediatrics" finds children are exposed to more TV than you might think.
The background television noise kids hear while doing other activities is what worries researchers most.
The study involved more than 1,400 parents with children between eight months and eight years old.
It found children younger than eight spend an average of nearly four hours each day with television on in the background.
Children eight months to two years old are exposed to nearly six hours each day.
Researchers say those sounds in TV background noise distract kids during playtime and have been linked to taking focus away from problem solving and communicating.
Studying the effects of television background noise is still in the early stages, but some researchers worry exposure at a young age could lead to poorer academic performance.
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