By DEREK CLONTZ
Hundreds of serious studies that you can access by clicking the hyperlinks on this page prove it beyond the shadow of any doubt – children who watch a lot of television:
1. Are fatter, less active and not as intellectually advanced as kids who limit their viewing.
2. Often think that the illicit and often risky sex they see depicted in everything from dramas and sitcoms to cartoons and commercials is perfectly normal for everyone – even young children.
3. Tend to take it for granted that violence – including torture, rape and murder – is an acceptable way to solve problems that are too difficult to handle with words or reason.
Those are just three of the hair-raising facts and figures I gleaned from the Parents Television Council, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and through interviews and personal research in my reporter’s quest for the truth about television and its impact on human happiness.
Here are 17 additional trivia tidbits guaranteed to shock you:
4. Think you’ve got your child’s viewing under control? Consider this: Half of all kids report that Continue reading