New Study: TV Exposure May Be Associated With Aggressive Behavior in Young Children

TV Exposure May Be Associated With Aggressive Behavior in Young Children

Three-year-old children who are exposed to more TV appear to be at an increased risk for exhibiting aggressive behavior, according to a new report co-authored by a researcher from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

The report, which appears in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, analyzed survey data from 3,128 mothers of children born from 1998 to 2000 in 20 large cities in the United States to examine associations of child television exposure and household television use with aggressive behavior in children.

“The study shows that there is an association between the number of hours that the television is on at home and early childhood aggression,” says co-author Catherine A. Taylor, assistant professor of Community Health Sciences at Tulane, who conducted the study with lead author Jennifer A. Manganello of University at Albany, State University of New York. “We also found that the number of hours a child directly spends watching TV is associated with increased aggression.”

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FCC Will Launch Inquiry into Children’s TV

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood reports:
FCC Will Launch Inquiry into Children’s TV

More than 2,500 parents signed CCFC’s Father’s Day letter to President Obama urging the President to authorize both the FCC and the FTC to evaluate their current policies to determine whether they meet the needs of twenty-first century families. Last week, the FCC announced an inquiry into its children’s television rules, including inappropriate marketing practices. CCFC applauds the FCC’s proposed inquiry and looks forward to working with both the FCC and the FTC in efforts to protect children from exploitation by corporate marketers.

Turnoff Week 2009

Turn it Off Poster Contest

Entry from the 2008 contest. Click image to see other entries from last year.

Screentime.org is sponsoring Turnoff Week 2009 the week of April 20-26.  Screentime.org advocates that turning off the screen gives us time to think, read, create, and do the things we never have time for. This allows us to connect with our families, engage in our communities, and to feel good about ourselves as we grow more physically and mentally active.

As part of their campaign Screentime.org is having a Turn it Off Poster Contest.  The poster contest theme is: “I’m unplugged and ready to…”  The Turnoff Week Poster Design Contest is open to all children of school age who are participating in Turnoff Week 2009.  Click here to discover more.  Deadline is May 30th, 2009.

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