Christian Science Monitor

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Muppet make-over: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy reintroduced this fall: The decisions to hike up the Muppets cool factor is troublesome for Marina Krcmar, a specialist in the developmental effects of television on children at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. She says children’s tastes have not changed from the early days of both “Sesame Street” and the Muppets, but their handlers have acquiesced to trends mainly because they fear looking outmoded.

“I don’t think any research shows trendier Muppets are bad for kids, but I do question, socially and culturally, what we lose when we don’t want children to be unhip,” Ms. Krcmar says. “There should be a period in your life when you’re allowed to not be trendy and edgy and that should be early childhood.”

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