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Mar 7, 2013 9:44 AM by Marissa Torres

Violent TV shows could impact your child's behavior

Changing what your children watch on TV may change their behavior. A new study found that young Children who saw movies or television shows containing violent scenes became more aggressive than those who didn't.

Two and a half year old Sidrit doesn't watch much TV, his mom, Zerina Alushi, noticed a direct correlation...

"He was watching kung fu panda and he started doing what they were doing in the movie so yeah it affects children"

Changing what your kids watch may change their behavior.

"We should be filling children's heads with joyful, creative helpful images violent TV causes kids to have thoughts about violence," says Dr. Robert Needlman, a behavioral pediatrician.

American preschool children watch an average of 4.5 hours of programming a day. Experts hope this study will encourage parents to be selective when they turn on the TV and watch what their kids are watching. Cartoon images may seem innocent, but they have an impact too.

"I think its any image of anybody getting hurt"

And who should never be in front of a TV?

"Children under two years old should never be watching tv including TV that the parents are watching and the child happens to be in the room."

In addition to being anti-social, researchers found kids who watch way too much TV are more likely to become criminals later on in life.

 

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