Watch... and Learn?

A new study shows that children with televisions in their bedrooms perform significantly more poorly on standardized tests than their peers without.

Jimmy Holton, a grandfather, says, "I think not having a TV in the kids' bedrooms would be a plus. Give them some books, some music, something else to do.”

Researchers found that the students surveyed with a television in their bedroom scored between seven and nine points lower on standardized tests. And just the opposite, those with home computers scored that much higher than those without.

Porsche Shantz, a mother of three, says, "I found that with my son, it's almost like he has to have the TV on as background noise, but it's very distracting. I've watched him doing his homework. He can't stay focused on what he's doing."

Bettye Grable says, "In my opinion, there are larger things that determine whether or not a person is influenced positively or negatively by the presence of television in their room."

They are larger things like programming choices and family influences.

Maurice Holder, a professor at FAMU, says, "I think what we have to do is look at programming. What programs are they looking at? That is pretty much regulated by the family."

The results don't prove that a TV in your child's room will decrease their test scores. An author of the study says it just confirms it's not a good idea.

The study was done by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. Three hundred fifty third graders were surveyed.