Nursery rhymes expose children to far more violent incidents than an average evening watching TV. The frequency of nursery rhyme violence was more than 10 times greater than in pre-9pm programmes.
Researchers were also concerned about the dangerously inaccurate messages that nursery rhymes sent and that the characters of the nursery rhymes suffer major injuries without recieving proper treatment.
The characters include Humpty Dumpty, who had a great fall, and Jack and Jill, who tumbled down a hill, the carer in Rock-a-bye
Luckily the authors of the report, trainee doctors Sarah Giles and Sarah Shea, have composed their own, more “medically accurate,” nursery rhyme to improve things.
Little Johnny rode his bike,
No helmet on his head.
He took a fall and split his skull,
His mother feared him dead. She rushed him to the ER,
Where they checked his neuro signs.
They noted a blown pupil
And inserted IV lines. They called the neurosurgeon,
Who came in and drilled a burr.
Now Johnny’s fine; he rides his bike,
But he’s helmeted, for sure.