Study: TV Can Help Kids’ Behavior

    Alyne, 8, left, and Candy, 5, daughters of Mr., and Mrs. R.C. Kennedy of Bartlesville, Okla., are all set to watch a first run movie on their television set on March 7, 1958. Movies come over closed circuit channel, for which the Kennedy’s pay $4.95 a month. Some 400 other Bartlesville families also subscribe-far fewer than Tele-movie promoters hoped for in this oil-rich town of 28,000. Most persons say they would rather save their money watch free television. Some say they would subscribe if the movies weren’t shown during the choice evening viewing hours of regular TV. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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    Get ready to show those kids some Sesame Street. A wide-reaching study released Monday proved that television can improve children’s behavior—but increased television viewing leads to an increase in criminal behavior. Confused? That’s because the study shows that the content of what kids are watching makes a difference: if they are watching aggressive and violent shows, then they are more likely to exhibit those tendencies. But if they watched the same amount of television and instead watched shows that promoted healthy social interactions, their behavior improved. The study looked at 565 families with children ages 3 to 5.

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