Essay about How Television Affects Children

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How Television Affects Children
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How Television Affects Children
Did you know that a study that was reported by the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered that there is more violence in children’s programming than any other programming?(Adams, 2010) Today’s children are influenced by what they see and hear on television whether they are watching a cartoon or an educational program. While some television shows are educational, television can have a more serious effect on a child, like disruptive behavior and obesity.
At times, television may seem like a good idea. Many people use it for a source of entertainment, especially in children. There are some positive effects that result from a child watching
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Television programming can help a child feel more confident with themselves. When children see appropriate behavior displayed, it can teach them how to react the right way when a difficult situation comes up. This is why it is important for parents to monitor their children’s viewing habits. A child’s brain is like a sponge. It can soak up everything that it sees and hears.
While some people believe that there are positive effects from watching TV, there have been many studies conducted that show that television has many negative effects on a child. When a child watches a television program that contains violence, it can raise the risk of that child behaving more aggressively. “Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated, or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see” (Children and TV Violence, 2011, para.4). 200,000 acts of violence will be witnessed by a child on the television by the time that they are an adult. There are many shows which are for children that contain stereotypes, rude behavior, and when solving problems they are depicted in a mean way. This is not how parents want their children to learn things in life. There are also many programs and commercials that show inappropriate behavior or risky behaviors. Smoking, doing drugs, drinking alcohol, and engaging in sexual activity can be seen as a fun experience, but these actions do not depict the consequences that are a result from them. While cigarette

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