On WGN-TV’s morning news broadcast, Dean Richards interviewed Margret Nickels, director of Erikson’s Center for Children and Families, on the effects of violent TV and movies on young children’s behavior.

Nickels shared her knowledge of research on the subject, saying that watching violent movies does correlate to increases in aggressive behavior, particularly in boys.

Nickels offered some advice to parents, saying, “One of the main things parents can do is talk to their children about the violent situation, [help] them understand what would happen in real life.”