Parents who let their teens watch TV or text during dinnertime could be contributing to their kids’ poor health and communication skills, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that teens who watch TV or use their phones during family meals are more likely to have poor nutrition and problems communicating with their family.
The study analyzed interviews with more than 1,800 parents. They found that two-thirds of parents admitted to letting their teens watch TV during mealtimes and 25 percent let their kids play games or listen to music with headphones instead of talking with their families.
The researchers suggested that parents set limits for using media use at mealtimes.