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September 1991

Your Child's Best Friend: TV or Not TV?-Reply

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Division of Allergy/Immunology Department of Pediatrics UCLA School of Medicine 10833 Le Conte Ave Los Angeles, CA 90024-1752

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(9):963-964. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160090013004

In Reply.—I agree with Dr Bader that there are worthwhile things on TV and that monitored, selective viewing is harmless, amusing, and sometimes educational. Such monitored viewing did not work at our house; nor, I daresay, does it work in most houses, so the choice is no monitoring or no TV.

For the alcoholic, abstinence is necessary; for the nonalcoholic, abstinence is harmless. I have yet to see any adverse emotional, social, or physical consequences of "hypotelevisionemia." Has anyone?

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