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Switching Kids Away From Violent TV May Lower Aggression
Date:2/18/2013

ed for publication in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Claire McCarthy of Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, echoed that thought.

Reiterating the American Academy of Pediatrics' long-standing recommendation of limiting kids' TV time to no more than two hours a day, she said, "It is time to change our approach."

McCarthy explained that "We need to switch our emphasis to outcomes and not screen time, because it is outcomes that matter. . . . It is a variation on the 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' idea. If the screens are going to be on, let's concentrate on the content, and how we can make it work for children."

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about television watching.

SOURCES: Dimitri Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children's Research Institute, and professor, pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle; Bob Hancox, M.D., associate professor, department of preventive and social medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand; March 2013 Pediatrics


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