Lecture by Dr. Felix Warneken, Harvard University Laboratory for Developmental Studies, followed by prepared personal remarks about the topic by Marcia Boelhke.
This is the first lecture of WomenExplore Lecture and Discussion Forum's spring series: What Does This Wild and Precious Life Demand of Us?" WomenExplore, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the exploration of progressive issues. It was formerly the Theological Opportunities Program of Harvard Divinity School.
Experts have long known that children imitate many of the deeds — good and bad — that they see on television. But it has rarely been shown that changing a young child’s viewing habits at home can lead to improved behavior.
In a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reported the results of a program designed to limit the exposure of preschool children to violence-laden videos and television shows and increase their time with educational programming that encourages empathy. They found that the experiment reduced the children’s aggression toward others, compared with a group of children who were allowed to watch whatever they wanted.