Bully Tube

Many parents worry about the impact of violence and sex their kids are exposed to on television, but perhaps even more perilous is the amount of social bullying their children witness. From American Idol to The Simpsons and even Nickelodeon fare such as iCarly, young viewers are exposed to forms of verbal cruelty and social putdowns that have at least one team of researchers alarmed.

Telecommunications scientists at the University of Indiana studied 50 different popular television shows to determine 92 percent of 150 episodes of these shows displayed some form of social aggression or as many as 14 incidents per hour. The study recently appeared in the Journal of Communications.