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SEATTLE, Wash. (CBS Seattle) – A new study finds that some television can actually improve a child’s behavior.
CBS News reports that researchers followed over 1,000 people from birth up to 26 and monitored how much television they watched during the ages of 5 and 15. Researchers then monitored these participants for any criminal convictions and antisocial personality diagnoses.
“We often focus on how much kids watch and don’t focus enough on what they watch,” study author Dr. Dimitri Christakis, director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, said in a statement. “While too many children watch too much TV, this study shows that content is as important as quantity.”
The study found that the more television children watched, the more likely they were to have a criminal conviction, be diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, or be more aggressive.
This same trend was seen in both boys and girls.
The study agrees with the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics that children should not watch more than two hours of television a day.
Christakes was not involved in this study but he had been a lead author in studies published regarding what your children watch may actually improve their behavior.
“It isn’t just about turning off the TV,” Christakis said, “it’s about changing the channel.”