Essay on The Negative Influence of Television on Children

2106 Words Aug 25th, 2006 9 Pages
For decades there has been debate as to how television media affects our children. Many parents have been concerned since the beginning of television. Through extensive research over the last few decades, television has been thought to desensitize and have detrimental effects on our children, which inhibits them from developing feelings of security, compassion, diplomacy, and discernment. Television watching also promotes violence, unsafe sexual practices, and eating disorders in children.
According to Muscari, the average American child spends approximately 28 hours per week watching television. By the time a child reaches the age of 18 they will have seen 16,000 murders and 200,000 other acts of violence. American media is the most
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When television first came out in the 1950's there were 28 hours of children's programming. This encouraged parents to purchase televisions. It was not because broadcasters wanted to educate children; instead, they knew the more people they had watching television, the more marketing they could perform, giving the advertisers more money (Steyer 44).
Today, in the marketing world, it is known that 'sex sells'. It has been a lesson that many media suppliers such as cable companies and music industry executives have learned exceptionally well. Because of competition for viewers, networks have "pushed the envelope of what they consider acceptable for family viewing" (Steyer 45). Consequently, this widens the boundaries of what is acceptable.
When television was first introduced in the 1950's, it was volunteered by the broadcasters to keep profanity, obscenities, smut and vulgarity off the airwaves. There was even a twin bed rule for married couples. When the twin bed rule changed in the 1960s, they still had to show that the couple was wearing appropriate night attire. It was in the 1970s that more shows began to bring risqué content to television such as premarital sex, adultery, homosexuality, and pregnancy. Public access channels were even showing explicit, hardcore shows that featured prostitutes and strippers. It was after the FCC's criticism that broadcasters agreed to prime time

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