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Study says watching superheroes could lead to bullying

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A study shows superheroes could lead kids to become bullies. (MGN Online) A study shows superheroes could lead kids to become bullies. (MGN Online)

A new study suggests super-hero culture doesn't help build a child's self-esteem as much as it makes him or her aggressive.

A study published on Monday in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology looked into the "effects of viewing superhero programs on aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children."  

The recently-published study by Brigham Young University looked at more than 200 children and the focus was "to examine longitudinal associations between superhero engagement and a variety of aggressive, prosocial, and defending behaviors in preschool children."  

It found kids tend to pick up on the violent nature of a hero's actions, even if those actions are used to "protect" the good or save people from evil.

Experts said the study doesn't mean children should completely disengage from their favorite characters. 

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