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Study: Bullying, Aggression Very Prevalent In Children’s Television

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Aggressive behavior and bullying are highly prevalent in children’s programming, a new study has found. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Aggressive behavior and bullying are highly prevalent in children’s programming, a new study has found. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Physical aggression and bullying is a dominant trait in today’s television for kids.

The Indiana University study, “Mean on the Screen: Social Aggression in Programs Popular With Children,” which appears in the Journal of Communication, found that 92 percent of the top 50 program for children between the ages of 2 and 11 showed characters involved in social aggression.

“Social aggression was more likely to be enacted by an attractive perpetrator, to be featured in a humorous context and neither rewarded or punished,” wrote Nicole Martins, assistant professor of telecommunications in the IU College of Arts and Sciences. “In these ways, social aggression on television poses more of a risk for imitation and learning than do portrayals of physical aggression.”

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