A new study takes on the cartoon hero, SpongeBob SquarePants. It claims to have observed four year-old children, and shows that after only nine minutes of watching the sea-creature, children had a harder time paying attention. The study compared "SpongeBob" to slower paced cartoons.
Now I know it's easy to flash a headline that "SpongeBob" is dangerous for children. But the underlying research on this study is important. The fact is children are more vulnerable at such a young age to these attention grabbers. And it doesn't end with TV. Video games, tablet computers, smart phones and other devices, are distracting these younger minds as well. That's concerning.
I grew up watching The Three Stooges, so initially I joked about this research and my own attention problems. But this really isn't a joking matter. Parents, please don't just laugh off the "SpongeBob" headlines as funny and interesting. Pay attention to this study so you don't have to regret later that you could have prevented problems with your children's attention span. You really are better safe, than sorry.
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