Puttin' the tube to the test.
Are you one of the "lucky" kids who have TVs in their rooms? Well, you might want to think twice (or twice as hard) about going into a TV-induced trance. A study published in a recent issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine finds that kids who have TVs in their rooms score much lower on standardized tests. In simple terms? UPN and MTV don't necessarily add up to A's and B's. Of course, Dina Borzekowski, assistant professor, Johns Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, who co-authored the study, isn't quick to jump to any radical conclusions, pointing out the possibility that kids who do better in school simply may not be as interested in watching TV. Still, may we suggest being a tad smarter about what you choose to view on the tube? Nothin' wrong with tuning into a little public television now and again.