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Duodecim. 2011;127(15):1563-70.

[Media and children's well-being].

[Article in Finnish]

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Helsingin yliopisto, kliininen laitos, PL 20, Biomedicum Helsinki, 00014 Helsingin yliopisto.


Watching television, video and computer games, and internet constitute a significant part of children's leisure time. High media exposure, however, increases the risk of psychosocial symptoms in children, such as aggressions, difficulties of behavioral regulation and concentration. In particular, media violence is thought to be harmful for children's well-being. Although the risks associated with media exposure may at least partly reflect the accumulation of social risk factors, they also seem to have an independent role as a factor increasing the symptoms. It is likely that the adverse effects of media can be lessened by providing guidance for parents.

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