Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children Revised

Good Shows Cause Bad Behavior

  • Many educational shows spend most of the half-hour establishing a conflict between characters and only a few minutes resolving that conflict. Preschoolers have a difficult time connecting information at the end of the show with what happened earlier. 96% of all children’s programming includes verbal insults and put-downs. Two thirds have insult lines that would seem cruel in real life. (“How do you sleep at night knowing you’re a complete failure?” from SpongeBob SquarePants.) Very few of the insults are reprimanded or corrected.
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