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Parents are taking a more active role in the lives of their children than they did 10 years ago, reports the Census Bureau. In '04, 47% of teens had restrictions on TV viewing, up from 40% in '94. 68% of 3-5-year-olds had TV viewing limits in '04 vs. 54% in '94. Kids' 6-11 viewing restrictions grew from 60% to 71%. In '04 74% of kids younger than 6 were praised by their mother or father 3 or more times a day. The same was true for 54% of children 6-11 and 40% of 12-17-year-olds.Children 1-2 were read to an average of 7.8 times in the previous week, while those 3-5 were read to an average of 6.8 times. The percentage of children participating in lessons, such as music, dance, language, computers, or religion, went up for 6-11-year olds, from 24% in '94 to 33% in '04. (Census Bureau News 10/31/07)

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