We have been looking at research about kids from the book Nurture Shock. This will be my last entry from the book, and today I want to talk about relationships between kids.
*The more educational media the children in one study watched, the more relationally aggressive they were. Preschoolers don't always "get" the message of the shows, so they just pick up the behaviors displayed. Often these shows spend more time setting up the problem than they do on the solution, so the behaviors seen are the problematic ones.
*In one study, 96% of children's programming included verbal insults and put-downs - on the average of 7.7 insults per 30-minute program.
*The behaviors modeled on these shows then come out when children relate to one another at home or at school.
I don't know about you, but I though the more educational shows were "safe," but apparently not. What do you think?