Friday, March 03, 2006

Violence in Children's Television

Until I have time to post reviews of Kate DiCamillo's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Helen Dunmore's Ingo, I direct you to Lisa de Moraes article in the Washington Post about violence in children's television.

De Moraes tells us that Brent Bozell has issued the results from a new study: "Self-appointed TV watchdog Brent Bozell has put out the gazillionth study on children's television, in which he reveals that there is more violence on children's entertainment programming than in prime time.

Bozell and his assistants found 6.3 instances of violence per hour in children's programming. Most violent children's channel? No surprise here--Cartoon Network. Disney was the least (PBS Kids was not included in the study).

I know some scholars have found violence in TV does not necessarily lead to violent behavior, but some pretty bad Batman cartoons had a negative impact in our home for awhile. They've fortunately fallen out of favor in the past year.