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"TV turns kids into monsters"

On the 26th of March The Telegraph and The Daily Express ran articles about a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood with the headlines “Three hours' TV a day linked to violent children” and “TV turns kids into monsters”.  These headlines gave the impression that the research had found a causal link between television and violent behaviour in children.

This contrasted with coverage by the BBC, The Independent and The Times who reported that young children who watch more than three hours of television a day are at no additional risk of emotional problems.

Dr Alison Parkes of the Medical Research Council’s Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow and author of the study, explains here that the small rise in misconduct that was observed in children who watch more than three hours of television a day was too weak a link to be meaningful:

“If we had been able to control for more family influences then we may not have found any effect at all. We can put the case for this actually being a null finding, and we cannot really point to a cause-and-effect either - we have only found an association".

Document type: For The Record

Published: 26 March 2013

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