Tuesday, 03 Nov, 2009 Offbeat

Television Makes Children Aggressive


The results of a new study, carried out by American researchers, show that toddlers who watch television are more likely to behave aggressively. The level of aggressiveness increases with the amount of time spent in front of TV.

Scientist found that TV influences toddlers even when they are not watching it, with the television being heard in the background.

According to researcher Jennifer Manganello from the University at Albany, New York, parents should consider limiting the time their kids spend watching television. It is also important to restrain children from watching certain TV programs.

During the research, the team of American scientists observed 3,128 women from 20 cities in the United States, who had at least one child in the period between 1998 and 2000. About 60 percent of study participants confessed that their three-year-olds watch television over 2 hours a day, the average time being 3 hours. The results showed that the average time of the TV being on was 5 hours a day.

Scientists also took into consideration such factors as violent neighborhood and still noted that television had a strong impact on children's behavior, leading to angry moods, disobedience as well as a screaming a lot. TV can replace other activities such as sport and reading. According to recommendations provided by the American Academy of Paediatrics, children younger than 2 years should not spend time in front of TV and kids older than 2 should spent less than 2 hours watching television.

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