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Health Tip: Limit Kids' Exposure to 'Virtual Violence'

Shows and games don't have to be violent

(HealthDay News) -- Exposure to violence from TV and video games affects children's behavior, so it's a good idea for parents to limit what kids view.

Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Don't allow children under age 6 to watch violent TV programming or play video games that include violence.
  • Check the ratings on TV shows, movies and games to make sure they are appropriate for your child.
  • Play the actual games and watch the TV shows your child likes to see the content firsthand.
  • Don't be afraid to ban games and shows that promote violence. There are plenty of other options available.

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