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Is television an effect tool in building the minds of childr

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Lisa Torres

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Is television an effective tool in building the minds of children?
Just to get an idea, The department of Education states that children in the United States watch an average of three to five hours on a daily basis. Think about how much your children watch and even how much you yourself watched growing up.
This video entails the issues and problems that television has on children. Notice the many factors that also apply.
As the video implied, there are many issues with television for children.
Another expert named Dr. Chase, stated that television provides ABSOLUTELY NO benefits for a child under the age of two. Television steals time for activities that actually develop the brain, like interacting with other people and playing. Television takes away the time needed to develop language skills, creativity, motor, and social skills. Ultimately too much television can have adverse affects, such as more violent and aggressive behavior, poor school performance, obesity, early sexual activity, and drug or alcohol use.
The reality is that it it is hard for children to avoid television. In some homes the television is perpetually always turned on even if no one is actually watching it. It is common for parents, family members, and caregivers to use television as a substitute babysitter. Although television may preoccupy and keep children out of trouble for the moment do people really know what the problems may be for the long run?
Television affects a child's health and athletic ability. The more television a child watches, the more likely he or she is to be obese, according to a study by the University Of Montreal. However, be very cautious because obesity can cause bullying, depression, and potentially suicide.
Aggression may also be common in children and adolescents because of violent television programming. According to Karla Calin M.S., statistics indicate that the typical American child will be exposed to 12,000 violent acts of television a year
Children are imitators and those who watch violent shows will more likely to "strike out at playmates, argue, and disobey authority" according to the American Psychology Association Help Center. Many children do not have the capacity to distinguish fantasy from reality at a young age.
Virtually all parents say they want their children to love to read and be well educated, but most kids stop reading books that aren't assigned by middle school. Why you may ask? Because television consumes the mind of most. In result, only 28% of eight graders score at or above the proficiency levels.
So now you may be thinking yay or nay to television for young children?
Television can also strain sight. Researchers from Australia's Sidney University did a study where they evaluated 1,492 six year old's randomly selected from 34 schools throughout Sidney. The children's parents completed surveys about how many hours of television their children watch a day. They examined the children's eyes and found that the children who watched the most television had smaller blood vessels in their eyes which can do great damage.
Although we found negatives for television, i do believe that there is a solution to not do away with it completely. In fact, scientist from the University of Siena found that children experience a soothing, painkilling effect by watching cartoons. Therefore, after a long day a little entertainment is OK!
Some television shows can educate, inform, and inspire. Sometimes it can be more effective than books, and audio tapes in teaching kids processes such as baking a cake or the process of growing a plant. Absolutely nothing wrong with that right?
Kids who watch more informative and educational programs at a young age tend to watch more informative and educational programs when they get older.
Television programs on OETA for example are effective programming for the young ages in order to prevent violence.
Set limits- Know how much t.v. kids are watching
Participate- Watch t.v. with kids and discuss shows
Monitor- Avoid violence and sexual content
Be a Good Role model- Watch anything not appropriate for the kids alone.
The proposed solutions would work because for example if you limit a child to how much time they can watch t.v. a day or if you say no t.v. before homework it establishes rules and conditions the mind of the child. They will know what is expected of them and they will focus on other activities other than television as well. Television does not have to be a bad thing :)
Works Cited
Savenge, Jenn. "TV Time Really Does Damage Kids' Eyes." MNN. N.p., 06 Feb. 2007. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.
Markham, Dr.Laura. "Parenting Tips Raise Great Kids." Dr. Laura Markham Why TV Undermines Academics & Values. American Psychology Help Center, 02 Sept. 2001. Web. 10 Nov. 2014.
Chase, Dr.Ian. "Raise Smart Kid." Raise Smart Kid. Australia Sydney University, 08 June 2006. Web. 08 Nov. 2014.
Soothing Music is to reflect on what helps Stimulate the child's brain at a young age.
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