Superheroes: Bad Role Models for Boys?
Researchers Say Superheroes Are Too Violent, but Close Ties to Mothers, Friends Can Help Boys Shun Negative Stereotypes
Input From the American Academy of Pediatrics
Violence in the media has ''a clear effect on the behavior of children and contributes to the frequency with which violence is used to resolve conflict," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
On its web site, the group reminds parents that ''the primary goal of commercial children's television is to sell products -- from toys to food -- to children."