Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
We always hear that we need to limit the amount of TV toddler’s watch. That’s true. But a new study suggests that even without reducing viewing time, changing the content can have beneficial effects on social development.
The study was straightforward. One group of parents was trained to replace shows that have violent content with shows that model “prosocial” behavior (like Sesame Street). Another group of parents received no instructions. Nothing was done about the amount of TV watched by the kids.
The results were also straightforward. The kids who watched more prosocial content had less aggression and better social behavior, even one year later. And this result was independent of the amount of TV watched – which didn’t seem to matter.
So, here’s a simple thing parents can do to help prevent aggression and promote prosocial behavior in their toddlers – control the content. Common sense? Sure. But it’s common sense supported by research, which is the best combination of all. And all it takes is parental control of the remote.
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