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Is Spongebob bad for kids?

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Sept. 12, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study claiming that preschool-aged children are "significantly impaired in executive function immediately after watching just 9 minutes of a popular fast-paced television show relative to after watching educational television or drawing."

The show in question is Spongebob Squarepants.

But at Maggie's Morning School in Savannah, children are not even allowed to watch TV during the day.

"We don't, on very rare occasions. I'd say about once or twice a year we might show a wildlife video or a Disney video," said Colleen Settle, Maggie's Morning School administrative director.

Instead, the school uses other ways of teaching.

"Our philosophy is just more of a hands on learning experience for children," said Settle.

Settle completely understands the results of the study. She said "It totally makes sense, you know they talk about the phonetic images, how quickly the images change, just a little too much stimulus I think for young brains."

Although Settle does think some television can be good for kids, she thinks shows like Spongebob have little value.

Nickelodeon released a statement amidst the controversial study telling CNN that "Having 60 non-diverse kids, who are not part of the show's targeted demo, watch 9 minutes of programming is questionable methodology. It could not possibly provide the basis for any valid findings that parents could trust.

They also pointed out the show is aimed towards six to 11 year olds, not four year olds, like the subjects of the study.

To see the study in full visit http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/09/08/peds.2010-1919.full.pdf.

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