ALERT: Violent TV may keep kids up -- preventing you from watching violent TV
Warning: This posting is not intended for children younger than 3, most of whom don’t read, but still.
A study says that TV programs with violence — this includes virtually every program on television — and even cartoons with violence may be OK for older kids, but the younger crowd gets a bit bothered by them, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In fact, 3 to 5 year old children may not have a good night’s sleep especially when watching something disturbing, such as America’s Funniest Home Videos. (See photo, right)
Michelle Garrison of Seattle Children’s and University of Washington School of Public Health, said a study of 565 families revealed problems. Programs such as “Sesame Street” and “Curious George” were considered safe choices. The study, in the journal Pediatrics was supported, by the National Institutes of Health. See examples below.
“We really see significant improvements in sleep and that included things like decreased night wakings and nightmares, having an easier time falling asleep at night, being less cranky in the morning and just less tired during the day,” Garrison said.
If you’re chlid is watching this, consider a different kind of muppet.
This, on the other hand, should put the tyke right to sleep.