Your Violent Kids Are Your Own Fault

So Quit Blaming It on TV

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Good news, all you dealers of overly violent TV garbage: Violent kids aren't your fault, after all. According to Scientific American -- which surely won't make any friends among the consumer-group set always looking to blame anything and everything except the consumer:

It is not the cartoons that make your kids smack playmates or violently grab their toys but, rather, a lack of social skills, according to new research.

"It's a natural behavior and it's surprising that the idea that children and adolescents learn aggression from the media is still relevant," says Richard Tremblay, a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry and psychology at the University of Montreal, who has spent more than two decades tracking 35,000 Canadian children (from age five months through their 20s) in search of the roots of physical aggression. "Clearly youth were violent before television appeared."
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