There is no more debate. Exposure to media is having an overall negative impact on children of all ages. A report reviewed over 173 studies about the effects of media consumption on children and found that there is a strong connection between health issues and media exposure.
What is media? This article on the groundbreaking report in the New York Times makes it clear: "In a clear majority of those studies more time with television, films, video games, magazines, music and the Internet was linked to rises in childhood obesity, tobacco use and sexual behavior. A majority also showed strong correlations — what the researchers deemed “statistically significant associations” — with drug and alcohol use and low academic achievement."
It's hard, moms. But we've got to cut the TV off. Is your house on media overload?