Health Watch -- Safe Kids: TV Dangers I

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Adults have a responsibility to look after the children in their lives and to see to their safety. This week on Health Watch, we'll take a look at some dangers children face that you may not be aware of.

You may have heard that TV can be bad for kids. But it's not just the content of the programming or the effect it has on children's developing brains. Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas say TV sets themselves can be dangerous for children. More than two thousand children a year are treated in emergency rooms because they've been injured by television sets falling on them. Dr. Floyd Ota, the UT Southwestern pediatrician who led the study, says a big part of the problem is that parents are mostly unaware of the danger.

Next: How TV can be dangerous, and what you can do about it.

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June 2006

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