Violent TV shows interfere with kids’ sleep Show Notes

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do you let your kids watch scary TV shows?  If so, how are they SLEEPING?

 

According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, kids sleep better when they avoid violent TV programs.

 

Researchers focused on more than 500 children ages 3 to 5.  The kids were split into two groups. 

 

The parents of the kids in one group were encouraged to monitor their kids' media consumption and steer them toward educational programs such as Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer.  They were also told to avoid violent programming.

 

The kids in that group had 64% fewer sleeping problems than the kids in the other group, whose TV consumption was NOT being monitored or guided.

 

Michele Garrison of Seattle Children's Research Institute was the study’s lead author.  She says the kids who had previously had sleep problems were more likely to improve, and if they didn't have sleep problems, they were less likely to develop them than the kids who were watching the violent shows.

 

This is just one more study that adds to the overwhelming body of evidence on the negative impact of violent media.  Whether we’re talking about aggressive behavior, lack of empathy, increased anxiety or sleep problems, violent TV shows, movies and video games are bad news.  

 

Unfortunately some parents still don’t seem to get the message.  To learn more about the study, go to healthychildren.org and enter “violent TV” in the search box.

 

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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