Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SpongeBob Dangerous To Kids?

Posted on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I got to read this news this morning and I was curious to how the affectionate and kid-friendly SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon can be dangerous to children.

According to the news, there was a study conducted that watching only 9 minutes of SpongeBob can cause short-term attention and learning problems among 4-year-old children.

The study was composed of 60 kids which were randomly chosen to watch SpongeBob or the slow-paced cartoon Caillou or just draw pictures. After 9 minutes of watching, they were given mental function tests. Those children that watched SpongeBob scored poorly.

Nickelodeon spokesman David Bittler disputed the study and told that SpongeBob target audience are aged 6-11 and not 4-year olds. He also added, "Having 60 non-diverse kids, who are not part of the show's targeted (audience), watch nine minutes of programming is questionable methodology and could not possibly provide the basis for any valid findings that parents could trust."

My take on this, whether a tv program is harmful to kids or not, it's the parents responsibility to monitor what their kids are watching. Poor SpongeBob SquarePants.

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