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Babies 'watch' TV

What's on the tube in the family room comes through loud and clear, even to 1-year-olds. A recent study by the National Institute on Media and the Family found that children at 12 months already could pick up emotional cues from TV. After young participants watched a person interact negatively with objects on the screen, they avoided those same objects in their environment.

TV isn't a passive baby sitter, the study concludes: "Very young children are affected by violent and emotionally upsetting television images. They are not merely observers."


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