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Research: What your kids watch on television could affect their behavior

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Television is a regular part of life at the Walsh house. Kerre and John say they have rules in place for watching, but with six children it isn't easy keeping them entertained.

But two new studies in the journal Pediatrics say that TV could affect a child's behavior.

New Zealand researchers looked at about 1,000 children and found the more TV children watch, the more anti-social and aggressive they can become.

Pediatricians are concerned not just about how much time children spend in front of the tv but also what programs they are watching.

In the second study, U.S. researchers found pre-school aged children can imitate what they see on TV.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children older than 2 should watch less than 2 hours of TV a day, and that kids younger than 2 shouldn't watch any TV at all.

The Walsh's have trained their children so they know what not to watch. They also limit TV time during the week and make sure their children spend most of their time outside staying active.

In addition to anti social behavior, researchers found that excess television viewing in children increased the risk of criminal conviction later in life.

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