Stuff.co.nz 19 Feb 2013
Children who spend hours watching television after school are more likely to become criminals, researchers say. A University of Otago study found the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30 per cent with every hour children and teens spent watching TV on an average weeknight, co-author Associate Professor Bob Hancox said. Watching more television in childhood was also associated with aggressive personality traits, an increased tendency to experience negative emotions, and an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. “While we’re not saying that television causes all antisocial behaviour, our findings do suggest that reducing TV viewing could go some way towards reducing rates of antisocial behaviour in society,” said Dr Hancox, of the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children watch no more than one to two hours of quality television programming each day. The study, Childhood and adolescent television viewing and antisocial behaviour in early adulthood, was published in the United States journal Pediatrics yesterday.
Certain Television Fare Can Help Ease Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds
NY Times 18 Feb 2013
In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reported the results of a program designed to limit the exposure of preschool children to violence-laden videos and television shows and increase their time with educational programming that encourages empathy. They found that the experiment reduced the children’s aggression toward others, compared with a group of children who were allowed to watch whatever they wanted.