Looking at children between the ages of 9 and 12, researchers considered the role of parents in encouraging physical activity. They found that:
- Paradoxically, the more restrictive parents were about the use of TV, the more sedentary the child was likely to be.
- Parents who provide logistical support, encouraging their children to move, correlated with higher levels of physical activity.
- Children who had greater availability of screen media in their bedroom were more sedentary and more likely to have less light and vigorous physical activity.