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Effect of TV watching on your child's school readiness -- in one easy graphic

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Research shows that educational television programming like Sesame Street can help reduce kids' aggressive behavior.

As we reported on this blog last month studies are finding that certain kinds of television shows may be good for kids' development. Shows like Mister Rogers, Dora the Explorer and Sesame Street can help prepare kids for school and result in less-agressive behavior.

There's lots of data on kids' TV viewing habits -- and it can be confusing. Education News has put together a handy information graphic by aggregating information from Time, the Scientific American and a University of Michigan study, among others.

Here's an excerpt from a recent piece in Time that was cited as one of the sources for the graphic. The piece explains research from a February Pediatrics study on children's TV use.

Despite admonitions from experts and an emerging body of research that suggests children shouldn’t be watching more than two hours a day, the typical U.S. tot spends about four and a half hours parked in front of a television daily. Campaigns to reduce this screen time have clearly been only minimally successful.

So by shifting the focus away from how much youngsters watch and concentrating instead on what they’re seeing, the researchers report in the journal Pediatrics on their success in helping parents increase the time kids spent watching educational programming. The result? Better-behaved children.?


Better TV Infographic

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