Does too much TV result in violence?


Two recent studies suggest a link between greater television watching among children, and violence and antisocial behavior as adults. The studies, reported in the Feb. 18, 2013 issue of the journal Pediatrics, were conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The New Zealand study found that for every extra hour of TV children watched on a weeknight, their risk of having a criminal conviction by age 26 increased by 30 percent.

The University of Washington study of 565 children ages 3 to 5 found that their “clinical competence” in social skills and competencies showed significant improvements if the children were directed toward television programming that emphasized nonviolent conflict resolution, cooperative problem solving, manners and empathy.

These and other studies are prompting the American Academy of Pediatrics to carefully examine its recommendations on television viewing for children.

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