by Reuters | The Washington Post | April 3, 2006

This month’s issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine focuses entirely on children and media. One study found that most video games rated
“M” for mature actually contained more violent content than their packaging described. Another study in the journal focused on violence in television.

CMCH Staff Scientist Dr. David Bickham
, found that “for each hour of violent TV watched, the children spent 20 to 25 fewer minutes with their friends.”

Bickham described the phenomenon as “a downward spiral from violent television viewing to aggressive behavior to social isolation to
viewing more violent television. Exposure to violent television could, therefore, be the catalyst for a cyclical system leading toward an
aggressive, socially isolated lifestyle.”


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