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Television is a regular part of life at the Walsh house. Kerre and John say they have rules in place for watching but with six children it isn't easy keeping them entertained.

"We have TVs in every room in the house," says John. 

"Basically every room and in the cars," says Kerre.

But two new studies in the journal Pediatrics say that TV could affect a child's behavior.

New Zealand researchers looked at about 1,000 children and found the more TV children watch, the more anti-social and aggressive they can become.

"It also means really more depression, more anziety, more keeping to ones self," says Dr. Suzanne Kaseta of Washingtonville Pediatrics.

Pediatricians are concerned not just about how much time children spend in front of the TV but also what programs they are watching.

In the second study, U.S. researchers found pre-school aged children can imitate what they see on TV.

"A lot of children's programming- even though it is children's programming- still shows a lot of violence."

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children older than 2 should watch less than two hours of TV a day, and that kids younger than 2 shouldn't watch any TV at all.

The Walsh's have trained their children so they know what not to watch.

"They all shout at the same time, we're not allowed to watch that," says John.

They also limit TV time during the week and make sure their children spend most of their time outside staying active.

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