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TV too much for kids

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More and more pediatricians are taking a stand on TV, and when it should be on, or not.

This, since a recent study in the journal pediatrics provided long term evidence that young kids who watched movies or TV shows with violent scenes became more aggressive than those who didn't.

 Dr. Robert Needleman, a behavioral pediatrician, says TV should be off limits for some little ones.  "Children under two years old should never be watching TV. Including TV that the parents are watching and the child happens to be in the room"

"We should be filling children's heads with joyful, creative helpful images. Violent TV causes kids to have thoughts about violence."

Dr. Needlman says even cartoons may seem innocent, but the image of anybody getting hurt can leave an impact on young viewers, particularly if parents are not watching with them to explain.

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