Preschoolers often have night time fears, and parents often search for ways to reduce those fears. Many parents have placed night lights in their children's room to calm these fears. However, a report in the journal Nature (March 2000) reported that children who had night lights in the room were more likely to have myopia than those who slept in darkened rooms. This finding has caused many parents to question the use of night lights. What is your opinion?
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Only 10% of the children who slept in darkness were found to be nearsighted. However, 34% of the children who slept with a night light and 55% of the children who slept with a room light became nearsighted.
"Despite these qualifications, it seems prudent that infants and young children sleep at night without artificial lighting in the bedroom, while the present findings are evaluated more comprehensively."
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