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  • Susan Fletcher, Ph.D.

Watching SpongeBob SquarePants Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t in the Smart Zone

“Fast-paced, fantastical television shows such as ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ may harm children’s ability to pay attention, solve problems and moderate behavior, according to a US study published Monday,” was what prompted FOX 4 to invite me to their station last night to comment on the study. Click here for the full study on

Personally, I’m more concerned with the content of TV programming versus the pace of the screen changes. But I do believe that good sleep hygiene dictates that fast-paced TV programs or even video games shouldn’t be watched/played at bedtime because the brain then has a hard time resting. Here’s the video of what I had to say about it last night on FOX 4.

I’d even make the argument that TV isn’t good for kids to watch at bedtime regardless of the program.

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