Study: Modifying Children’s TV Habits Changes Behavior

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – A new study says reducing violent TV programming and replacing it with educational shows can improve behavior in pre-schoolers. The survey, from the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Hospital looked at kids ages three to five, and found they exhibited significantly improved behavior just six months after violent shows were swapped out with educational programs. This occurred even though the amount of time viewing television remained the same. The study looked at 565 families, and found the improved behavior continued 12 months after the changes were made. The study is published in the journal “Pediatrics.”

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