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Study promotes link between TV, behavior

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - According to two new studies in the journal Pediatrics, what your kids watch on television could affect their behavior.

New Zealand researchers looked at about 1,000 children and found the more TV kids 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, researchers found pre-school aged children tend to imitate what they see on TV.

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

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