"It would appear both of these studies rule out educational TV as a contributor to either aggression or attention problems among young children," said Zimmerman. "Parents can take some comfort in that, especially since there is some high-quality educational programming available on TV and DVD. Together these studies suggest that by changing the channel, parents may be able to change their children's behavior."
Christakis' and Zimmerman's other recent studies have shown that playing with blocks can improve language acquisition, and that baby DVDs and videos that purport to enhance language development may in fact actually hinder it. Together they are authors of the book The Elephant in the Living Room: Make TV Work for Your Kids, a guide for parents.
About Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, Seattle, Wash.
At the forefront of pediatric research, the Seattle Children's Hospital
Research Institute at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in
Seattle conducts research under nine major centers and is internationally
recognized for its discoveries in cancer, genetics, health services,
immunology, pathology, infectious disease and vaccines. Consistently ranked
one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World
Report, Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington,
Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Children's has been delive
|SOURCE Seattle Children?s Hospital Research Institute|
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