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Educational TV tied to fewer behaviour problems in kids: Study

Published on Feb 19, 2013 8:23 AM

(REUTERS) - Upping the educational value of what young children watch on television and choosing to avoid violence-prone programming may help improve their behaviour, according to a United States study that looked at several hundred pre-schoolers.

It can be hard to encourage families of pre-schoolers to turn off the television, but there are plenty of high-quality shows that promote learning and positive relationships rather than violence, researchers wrote in Pediatrics.

"Although clearly kids watch too much, equally concerning is that they watch poor quality shows," said lead researcher Dimitri Christakis, from the University of Washington in Seattle.

His initial survey of parents of three- to five-year-old children showed the children often watched everything from aggression-laden cartoons to full-length violent movies that are"totally inappropriate", Mr Christakis told Reuters Health.

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