TABLE 5.

Pediatricians' Beliefs About the Effects of Media on Children (Split by Age Group) (n = 365)

Belief Frequency, %
Not at AllA LittleA Lot
Infant/toddler (0–2 y of age) development
    TV watching negatively affects brain development155233
Preschool-aged child (2–5 y of age) development
    TV watching and other media use negatively affect brain development145630
    TV watching and other media use affect eating habits22870
    TV watching and other media use affect overall physical activity levels11188
    TV watching and other media use lead to overweight/obesity21880
    TV watching and other media use affect aggression23068
School-aged child (5–12 y of age) development
    Media use negatively affects academic achievement34849
    Media use affects eating habits11782
    Media use affects overall physical activity levels0595
    Media use leads to overweight/obesity1891
    Media use affects aggression12673
Adolescent (12–18 y of age) development
    Media use negatively affects academic achievement24454
    Media use affects eating habits12178
    Media use affects overall physical activity levels01090
    Media use leads to overweight/obesity1990
    Media use affects aggression13267
    Media use affects high risk behaviors (eg, smoking and drinking)23860
    Media use affects high-risk sexual attitudes/behaviors22771