Changing TV Shows May Improve Child’s Behavior

Parents, take a good look at what your children are viewing on television: what they watch may dictate how they behave.

A new study that included more than 800 families with children ages 3 to 5 found that parents who replaced “aggression-filled programming” with educational or “prosocial” shows saw their kids behave less aggressively. The study was published in the journal, Pediatrics.

Another study published in Pediatrics found that children in New Zealand who watched more television between the ages of 5 and 15 were more likely to be convicted of a crime than those who spent less time sitting in front of the TV. Researchers noted that greater TV viewing during childhood and adolescence also was linked to a higher risk of aggressive behavior and being diagnosed with an antisocial personality. The study included more than 1,000 children from birth to age 26.

Source: Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics

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