Television is an entertainment gadget meant for passing time. Kids love watching TV such that they extend it for hours. TV has both positive and negative effects; therefore, it is the role of parents to monitor TV viewing among their kids. TV exposes kids to violence and other negative aspects involved in television viewing
Violence is a common aspect portrayed on TV programs. As parents, you should monitor the programs your kids watch since children can imitate and adopt as part of their life. Children may think that violence is an ideal way of solving problems just because they saw TV characters engage in a fight or conflict. TV program content can determine the character of a child. For instance, a kid who is exposed to violence programs has high chances of becoming aggressive. Violence creates fear in kids thus living a life full of fear.
Some of the television programs are explicit and they portray immoral practices such as drug use and sexual activity. Children are likely to adopt such behaviors since they view TV characters as their role models. The phenomenon explains why teenagers get unplanned pregnancies as well as STIs. According to children, such behaviors are cool and at one time, they try adopting such behaviors.
Television viewing is considered as a passive activity, however, as parents, we should ensure that kids watch educational programs. Unsupervised television among our children may affect their academic performance; in addition, it may promote negative behavior. Television may alter the child’s way of thinking since programs exposes kids to a variety of stereotypes that negatively affect their attitude. Television contains much advertisement on foods and drinks that have less nutritional content. Children who spend most of their time watching television are influenced to consume junk foods; this promotes uncontrolled weight gain. When kids get used to watching Television, they spend most of their time indoors and fail to engage in physical activities thus gaining excess weight. Generally, parents should monitor their children to ensure that they balance their activities.
Parents should control television-viewing time since too much viewing distracts children from concentrating with their schoolwork. Children under the age of eight years should watch television for only two hours while those above 8 years to 18 should do it for only four hour in a day. Kids who are below 2 years should not watch television since their brains are at a critical stage of development. Parents should take the responsibility of selecting the right programs for their kids!
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PsychCentral: The Debilitating Effects of TV on Children
Kids Health: How TV Affects Your Child
University of Michigan Health System: Television and Children
Seattle Children’s: Growth and Development
RAND Corporation: Research: Does Watching Sex on Television Influence Teens’ Sexual Activity?