Angry little men

Angry little men

Boys aged between two and five who viewed an hour of violence on screen a day increased their chances of being overly aggressive later in childhood, but the association was not seen in girls, researchers said on Monday. “This new study provides further evidence of how important and powerful television and media are as young children develop," study author Dimitri Christakis of Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute said.

“Cartoon violence teaches kids that violence is funny and without consequence. So when people in cartoons have their heads flattened and they pop right back out and kids laugh at it, they really are thinking there are no serious consequence to hitting someone in the head, which obviously isn’t true in the real world," Dr Christakis said.

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