Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TV, toddlers and aggression

Very young children who watch too much television are more likely to behave aggressively. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television for children below the age of two but this is more honoured in the breach than the observance. Researchers from the University of Albany in New York studied information from 3,128 mothers whose children had been born between 1998 and 2000. About two-thirds of the mothers said that their three-year-old child watched more than two hours of television a day. Direct child TV exposure and household TV use were both significantly associated with childhood aggression after allowing for other factors such as parent, family, neighbourhood and demographic characteristics.

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