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SpongeBob Hazardous To Children? Is this a Conspiracy?
A recent study reveals the dangers of even short viewing periods of SpongeBob SquarePants for young children. The study suggests that as little as nine minutes can cause short-term attention and learning problems in four-year-olds.
“We have warned numerous times that TV time is hazardous to your health, certainly not just charming and fun Sponge Bob,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged:
“Too much TV time for kids has been previously found to have a negative effect on long-term attention problems,” says Tom. “This study found problems occurring after very short periods of exposure. Parents need to know this. What kids watch is just as important as how much they watch.”
According to Dr. Dimetri Christakis, a child-development specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, even though the study was small, the data is robust enough to support the idea that media exposure is a public health issue. He said that parents need to realize that fast-paced programs may not be appropriate for young children.
“The evidence is clear,” says Dian “TV viewing can be hazardous to both adults and children. It’s time to turn off the TV and get a life.”
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