Increased direct TV exposure and household TV use can damage a positive childhood development and interaction with parents. The research conducted by scientists from Tulane University is one of the few to look at the link between TV exposure and aggression in young children. The authors say watching TV directly affects the degree of aggressiveness by giving children role models.
A series of experiments showed that watching TV was greatly associated with increased aggression in children, regardless of other factors such as the influence of parents, other family members, neighbors and so on.
The authors think one reason might be that in households, where children can watch TV uncontrollably, parents are usually less strict. This makes children watch TV programs that are not targeted at them. Moreover, increased TV watching influences the diversity of children’s activities, diminishing the time they could spend on something else.
American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommend parents to limit a direct TV exposure and other media on their children.
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