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Children’s early exposure to television can make them more likely to become bullies in grade school, a study in the April issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine suggests.

Researchers at the University of Washington, in Seattle, analyzed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to determine how several factors among 4-year-olds—including cognitive activities and emotional support from parents, as well as TV viewing—are independently associated with bullying when those children attend school. Each hour of TV a child watched at age 4, the researchers found, increased the child’s propensity for bullying later on.

Vol. 24, Issue 31, Page 20

Published in Print: April 13, 2005, as Bullying Behaviors

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