New study shows TV can calm your child's behavior

11:43 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's easy to see the impact television can have on your child. All you have to do is pop in a DVD and watch them become glued to the big black box.

Athena Alford witnesses it all the time at her daycare center with children who watch a great deal of violence at home and then mimic the actions with other children.

"A little bit of PG, my dad is very sensitive with rates so he has to check out the movie before he gets it and lets us watch it," said Xavien Alford, Athena's 8 year old son.

But what was once enemy number one in child development has now redeemed some of its quality after the Journal of Pediatrics measured the impact on child behavior.

The study involved 565 parents who filled out TV diaries advising them to watch "Dora the Explorer" over the "Power Rangers," then compared them to parents who got advice on healthy eating.

At six months, children in both showed improved behavior but there was a bit more improvement for the TV watchers.

"Parents get so involved in their daily shows when they're home with the kids that the kids are often playing, but they're absorbing what's being said," Alford said.

Children are visual learners so focus on programs with letters, numbers, shapes and colors.

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