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New study says educational TV is OK for little ones.


Will you people make up your minds already? The Associated Press reports there's new research indicating PBS shows like Barney, Arthur, and Sesame Street are actually not turning our children's brains to mush. However, if your kids watch Rugrats or The Flintstones, you're still a terrible parent. Kidding.

But we wonder how many parents do allow a lot of boob tube watching and how many change their minds depending on what the newest studies show. We walked around the Mom•Logic office, and after requesting they turn down their TVs, we asked Moms if they have any television rules at home.

One Mom of a teen and a tween said her kids have always watched. "I feel like TV really helped my kids. The Rugrats helped them form a great sense of humor."
A Mom of two preschool boys admits they have watched TV since they were babies. "I think that watching videos actually taught my son with speech delays how conversations work. He used to just repeat what was being said to him, but after watching the movie Cars 5,390,032 times, he understood that each person has his own role in the conversation."
One Mom of a 20-month-old girl doesn't have the television on at all. "I have a playlist of YouTube videos that she watches. They're only two to three minutes long. She watches mostly Sesame Street clips and loves Paul McCartney's version of 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.'"
The mother of a 5-year-old boy says he's into anything "scary." "When he was little, we did the Baby Einstein videos, but now he watches Scooby Doo and even Jurassic Park. He loves it."

Reuters reports today that according to University of Washington researchers, boys ages 2 to 5 who watched an hour of on-screen violence each day were more likely to be overly aggressive later in childhood. They analyzed the TV and video viewing habits of 330 kids and assessed their behavior five years later. Do you think that maybe, instead of analyzing their viewing habits, they could have used that same money, time, and energy to educate parents on the dangers of letting children watch violent shows?

The study is published today in the journal Pediatrics.

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