Using the power of research to inform ICT integration in education

Mark Hamer, Emmanuel Stamatakis and Gita Mishra (2009) Psychological Distress, Television Viewing, and Physical Activity in Children Aged 4 to 12 Years, Pediatrics 2009;123;1263

Sedentary behavior and physical activity may be independent risk factors for psychological distress in adolescents, although there is no existing information for children. We examined the cross-sectional association between psychological dis- tress, television and screen entertainment time, and physical activity levels among a representative sample of children aged 4 to 12 years from the 2003 Scottish Health Survey. Conclusion: Higher levels of television and screen entertainment time and low physical activity levels interact to increase psychological distress in young children.

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