Television and Aggression

Monday, February 01, 2010

Children exposed to violence in films, on television, in video games and on the Internet are at significant risk of displaying aggressive or fearful behavior. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a study on television and childrens aggression in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Children who watch more televisionand even those who are exposed to the television while other people in the home are watchingare more likely to be aggressive.

Researchers examined data on 3,000 3-year-olds. Mothers answered questions about how much time their children spent watching television during a typical day, as well as how much television the children were indirectly exposed to.

The study concluded that 3-year-olds exposed to more television, directly and indirectly, are at increased risk for exhibiting aggressive behavior.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television time for children under 2. For children 3 and older, the AAP recommends no more than two hours of media time per day.

Possible reasons for the findings may be that children who see violence on television become desensitized to it; parents who dont have limits on television may be less likely to have other rules, such as regular bedtimes; and when children are watching television, they are not participating in other activities that may benefit their social and physical development.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.