Does violent television disturb the quality of children's sleep?
The answer is a resounding yes according to a team of medical experts who studied the sleep pattern of children whose media viewing was healthy and age appropriate and determined they were less likely to have sleeping problems than were they allowed to watch violent material.
The primary research involved 500 children from ages 3-5, their media viewing habits, and the quality of sleep.
Here's what one expert said:
“The results of this study are no surprise to me. Young children are very concrete, literal thinkers. They just don’t get the concept of pretend monsters or pretend violence. Violent media can cause anxiety in small children that can clearly disrupt sleep.”
How can parents enhance their children's sleep?
By replacing inappropriate content with shows such as Curious George, Sesame Street, And Dora The Explorer.
Although parents might not need to monitor their children's television habits if they just turn off the tv before bedtimes.
Here's what one expert added:
“Whether that video content is violent or not, watching any TV… before bed can affect the ability to sleep well. TV is just too stimulating before bed, even for adults.”
Take note, parents!!!
Tags: children, sleep, television, violent