Hours spent watching TV correlates to bullying and violent behavior in children

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Each hour of TV watched daily by children under age 4 increased the risk that they would engage in bullying by 9 percent by the time they started school [1,2].

The American Association of Pediatrics estimates that 10 to 20 percent of real-life violence can be attributed to exposure to media violence [1,3].


  1. Medina, John. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Seattle: Pear Press, 2014.

  2. Zimmerman, Frederick J., Gwen M. Glew, Dimitri A. Christakis, and Wayne Katon. “Early Cognitive Stimulation, Emotional Support, and Television Watching as Predictors of Subsequent Bullying Among Grade-School Children.” Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 159, no. 4 (April 1, 2005): 384. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.159.4.384.

  3. G.C.Comstock, and V.C. Strasburger. “Media Violence: Q & A.”. Adolesc Med 4 (1993): 495-509.