A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics has found a link between poor psychological health in preschool children and the amount of television they watch of video games they play.
The study has been conducted by researchers at Deakin University in Australia who used data from a European study in which more than 31,500 children took part and which looked into the causes for dietary and lifestyle-induced diseases and disorders.
The researchers found that children who spent a lot of time watching TV or playing video games between two and six years of age suffered from emotional and peer problems, self-esteem, emotional well-being, family functioning and social networks.
"For a long time we thought that kids this age couldn't sit still enough to watch enough TV to be a problem. But now we're seeing they are sitting more and engaging with new media and so we are looking at detrimental effects because of these behaviors", lead researcher Dr Trina Hinkley said.