Children and TV Essay

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Children and TV





Children and TV Children and adolescence's spend almost 22-28 hours per
week watching television. This is a sad fact because this is the largest amount
of hours spent on any activity in your child's life, aside from sleeping.
Television has a large influence on children's attitudes, ideas, and
behaviors. Teens witness 10,000 murders, rapes and aggravated assaults
per year on TV, and four out of five Americans believe that violence on
television directly contributes to the way children view violence. When children
watch TV, they see other made up families, who deal with their problems
different from how anyone else would. Children assume that this is how there
life should be. We should teach out children about the reality of TV because
Television can affect the way a child acts, thinks, and feels about different
issues such as violence, education/morality, and gender/racial stereotypes
TV glorifies violence and weapons, and teaches children that the easiest way
of resolving problems is through violence. Children's programs such a
Power Rangers or The X-Men portray world-saving heroes that children
look up to and admire. They assume that if the strong, invincible heroes are
around, the world is a safe place to be where they are free form harm. When
really, they don't understand these characters don't exist and can't save them
or the world from those that would hurt them. Parents must teach their children
that these people are not real, don't exist, can't save the world, that it isn't
possible for anyone to do this on their own, and that at one time or another,
everyone needs someone's help. TV programs such as these shows also can
frighten children too. They may be frightened by the ugly, strong villains. We
must teach children that all villains are not scary, powerful or ugly but they do try to
fool people, young and old. It is very easy for children to lose their own sense of
reality while watching shows that contain violence. They must be

taught otherwise and how to be smart about TV and what they are watching.
Shows like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers Neighborhood have been
around since 1969. Not only that, these shows are very educational programs
designed for children. If children watch these types of shows, they will also try to
portray their favorite heroes such as the Power rangers except now with no violence. A
child's reaction all depends on what they are exposed to. The age of the child also plays
a large factor on how a program teaches these

children. For example, viewing Sesame street at the age of 3-3 1/2 has a
positive effect on a child's vocabulary. Ages 5-7 require vocabulary at a higher
level than what is shown on sesame street. The effects of educational
programs depend on variables such as: a parents education, the family size,
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