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STUDY FINDS NURSERY RHYMES MORE VIOLENT THAN TV

So this is what passes for children's entertainment: Babies abandoned in trees. A blackbird pecks off a woman's nose. Two children suffer head injuries after tumbling down a hill.

Television? No, nursery rhymes. British researchers analyzed the content of the 25 most popular nursery rhymes for episodes of violence, either intended or otherwise. Recited aloud, the nursery rhymes contained a violent act approximately every one minute, nine seconds. For comparison, they said, British television contains a violent scene about every 12 1/2 minutes.

The point, they wrote in Archives of Diseases in Childhood , is that "laying the blame solely on television viewing is simplistic and may divert attention from vastly more complex societal problems."

-- Dallas Morning News

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