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Is Watching 'SpongeBob' Bad for Young Kids?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 12th 2011 6:45AM
SpongeBob SquarePantsMost parents who allow their young children to watch TV spend a lot of time fretting over issues such as which shows are age-appropriate, which ones are educational or improving, and which ones could be harmful.

The latest kids' show to be called into question is Nickelodeon's long-running cartoon series, 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' According to The Wrap, a study due to be published online Monday by the journal 'Pediatrics' found that watching just nine minutes of 'SpongeBob' had a negative effect on four-year-olds' attention spans.

Nickelodeon questioned the validity of the findings, criticizing the small size of the control group and pointing to the fact that 'SpongeBob' is targeted at children aged six to eleven, not four.

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Nickelodeon Orders New Series in 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Franchise

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 21st 2010 12:02PM
Hot on the heels of the 'The Last Airbender' film, Nickelodeon has green-lit a new series in the 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' cartoon franchise.

'Avatar' creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will helm the tentatively titled 'The Legend of Korra.'

Set 70 years after the events of the original 'Avatar' cartoon series, the new show will follow Korra, described as a "passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl."

"Mike and Bryan have imagined a compelling new story inspired by the 'Airbender' mythology that they so brilliantly crafted when the TV series began," Brown Johnson, president of animation at Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, said in a statement. "This new avatar is not only a girl, but also hot-headed, independent and ready to take on the world."

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Kids Watch A Lot of Television

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 27th 2009 4:30PM
Kids watching TVShocking news: The sky is blue, water is wet and kids watch a lot of television.

Just in case you weren't sure, the TV ratings bean-counters at Nielsen have released a study showing that screen time logged by preteens is at an eight-year high. The biggest couch potatoes are the littlest kids; Nielsen reports that children age 2 to 5 spend 32 hours a week in front of the electronic babysitter. Kids 6 to 11 spend a little less time, 28 hours, perhaps because they have to go to school.

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Andrew WK rocks so hard, cars explode

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 14th 2009 11:02AM
Destroy Build Destroy
Contrary to what his album covers may suggest, Andrew WK is adorable. No, really. Adorable. I first learned this when I saw him on on MTV's Crashing With Andrew WK, a program in which the frontman hung out with some girls at a North Carolina Central University sorority (I found the first installment here, by the way). It's taken the rest of the world a little more time to catch on, but since Andrew WK kicked off his motivational speaking/performing career, people are starting to get it. The folks over at Cartoon Network saw something in his personality and evidently thought, "Hey! This guy should blow things up with kids!" And they're right. They're so right.

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