The cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants is in hot water from a study suggesting that watching just nine minutes of that program can cause short-term attention and learning problems in 4-year-olds.I grew up watching a coyote try and blow up a roadrunner, or a rabbit confounding a hunter. I didn't turn out so bad.
The problems were seen in a study of 60 children randomly assigned to either watch "SpongeBob," or the slower-paced PBS cartoon "Caillou" or assigned to draw pictures
Immediately after these nine-minute assignments, the kids took mental function tests; those who had watched "SpongeBob" did measurably worse than the others.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Is your 4-year old bouncing off the walls after watching SpongeBob?
Posted by Rick Moore on 9/13/2011