A study published by the medical journal Pediatrics suggests that watching TV shows such as Spongebob at an early age can cause learning problems in young children.
The study involved three groups of 60 four-year old kids doing three different activities: One group watched Spongebob, the second group watched Caillou (a more "educational" TV show), and the third group watched no TV at all and were given crayons and paper so that they could draw. All of this was over a ten-minute time period.
After the children did the activities, they were given mental function tests. The group of kids that watched Spongebob did significantly worse on the tests than those who did not watch Spongebob during the time period.
Full Article: 'Spongebob Squarepants' causes learning problems in 4-year-olds: study
Anyway, how do you feel about this study? Do you believe that the study was fair? Would you conduct the study differently? Would you let your young children watch Spongebob at age four? If you watched or did not watch Spongebob when you were four, do you believe it affected you somehow?