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There's a new study out that says parents need to learn to switch the TV channel from violent shows to education TV. Researchers say that can dramatically improve the behavior of pre schoolers, even without forcing them to watch less TV.
We've been hearing a lot of talk about gun control recently and part of that discussion has centered on what Hollywood puts out and the violent shows on TV. Well apparently some of those shows have an effect on pre-schools, albeit modest. But the studys' authors and other doctors agree that this may hold promise for finding ways to help young children avoid aggressive, violent behavior.
Lead author Doctor Dimitri Christakis says what children watch is as important as how much they watch.
Interesting this study was not really about the children, but the parents. Half of the group of parents were counseled on changing the channel and measuring their child's behavior. The other half were counseled on healthy eating and not told anything about the TV. As it turns out the latter did pay as much attention as to what their kids were watching.
Here's what makes this study kind of "iffy." At the end of the six month test period, both groups of children showed improved behavior, but there was a little bit more in those whose parents were coached on changing the channel. By one, year, however, there was no meaningful difference between the two groups. And as the children aged, the difference was non-existent.
So while this may have served as a wakeup call for some parents to monitor what their kids watch, it seems to have had little effect at all...if any.