From a young age, children tend to repeat the behaviors that they see, whether they are positive or negative. In this study, researchers asked 565 parents of 3-5 year old children to participate in a “media intervention diet.” Parents replaced aggressive shows on TV with shows exhibiting good examples of behavior. After 6 months, results showed that children who had the media intervention diet showed improved behavior. Seventy-seven percent of parents would recommend the intervention to other families.
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