You’re probably aware by now that Pediatrics published a study yesterday pinning attention problems in children on everyone’s favorite cartoon character who lives in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants. As my colleague Danielle Sullivan noted yesterday, “researchers are saying that the program causes an attention problem in many kids after just nine minutes of viewing.” (Yet for SpongeBob’s stoner fan base, that same nine minutes feels like forever, man.) Lead author of the study, University of Virginia psychology professor Angeline Lillard says SpongeBob shouldn’t be the only show chastised for its frenetic action and obnoxious noises. According to the Sun Times, “She found similar problems in kids who watched other fast-paced cartoon programming,” like these shows that Strollerderby blogger Madeline Holler thinks will wreck your child’s mind.
So what cartoons should your child be watching? I’ve chosen 15, below, that I think everyone in your household will be able to get behind. Not only are they calm and educational, they won’t make you fall asleep, either. (Sorry, Caillou.)
Main photo: PBS Kids
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