Effects of the SMART classroom curriculum to reduce child and family screen time

Thomas N. Robinson, Dina L.G. Borzekowski

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Abstract

Evidence for adverse effects of screen media exposure has led to recommendations to limit children's screen time. This paper describes a randomized controlled trial of SMART (Student Media Awareness to Reduce Television), an 18-lesson, theory-based classroom curriculum to reduce screen time among third and fourth grade children inmatched public elementary schools (n = 181). Intervention school children significantly reduced their weekday television viewing and weekday and Saturday video game playing compared to controls. Greater effects were found among boys and more adult supervised children. Mothers, fathers, and siblings and other children in intervention school households also reduced their television viewing. The findings demonstrate the efficacy of a classroom intervention to reduce screen time among elementary school children and their family/household members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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