NEW YORK — It's not called the electronic baby sitter for nothing.
Don't miss these Health stories
More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?
- Larry Page's damaged vocal cords: Treatment comes with trade-offs
- Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts
- CDC: 2012 was deadliest year for West Nile in US
- What stresses moms most? Themselves, survey says
- More women opting for preventive mastectomy - but should they be?
The Nielsen Co. says in a study released Monday that children ages 2 to 5 watch more than 32 hours of television each week.
Kids 6 to 11 spend a little less time in front of a TV screen — more than 28 hours. But that's partly because they have to go to school.
According to the study, the television viewing by children 2 to 11 is the most since 1995.
The younger kids, or at least their parents, are tech-savvy. The 32 hours of TV-watching includes an hour and a half of shows taped on a digital video recorder, and 4 1/2 hours of programs on a DVD.
Nielsen also says children ages 6 to 11 play video games on a television for nearly 2 1/2 hours a week on average.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.