Modern children spend hours watching television shows every day. While parents love the quiet time, many overlook the fact that seriously detrimental effects occur from this mindless activity that consumes so many children. It is important for healthy development to block harmful material from the impressionable minds of kids.
The Problems of Television
There are numerous disadvantages with allowing children to watch unrestricted, regarding duration and content, shows and movies on TV. Some of the following should provide adults with enough information to convince anyone to understand the negative effects of television on the development of kids.
While watching scenes of violent murders may not influence youth to murder, it certainly does not provide any benefit. The common visuals of death and destruction will likely lessen the impact children feel towards real occurrences of similar situations. Some believe this better prepares them for the harshness of the world, but it likely causes cynical or heartless feelings. Additionally, violence can often scare younger ages and cause nightmares, bed wetting, and timidness.
Constantly watching television is scientifically proven to be unhealthy. The lack of physical motion leads to numerous health issues. Possible problems are excessive weight gain, type II diabetes, brittle bones, and poor circulation. Additionally, this behavior is also associated with bad dieting, such as too many snack foods and caffeinated drinks. These introduce an entire array of issues, such as weakness, fatigue, cavities, and even more serious, life threatening conditions, such heart disease.
Sex, or even just overly sexual behavior, is much too complex for children to properly process. This frequently leads to adolescent sex because the realistic disadvantages of being sexually active too young are rarely shown. Another issue is general provocativeness, particularly by young women. The television shows teach them that wearing more revealing clothing and related activities are cool or acceptably common. While this behavior will likely lead to popularity in school, the attention is not the desirable type and likely leads to sexually active children.
Cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs are heavily shown, even during programs targeted towards children, and often overlooked, which could lead to subliminal messages that promote the use of these age restricted or completely illegal items. Writers specifically focus on this behavior because they know it will receive more views and gain popularity. The reason for this popularity is that youth believe this behavior will lead to popularity, specifically because smoking, drinking, and doing drugs underage is illegal. The taboo nature is highly sought after by improperly guided, impressionable children.
For these clear reasons, it is highly advised for parents to monitor television viewing within the household. Block maturely rated programs with elements of illegal and inappropriate activities for kids, and best practice indicates that limiting the viewing time is critical too. Younger ages require certain levels of guidance and instruction for proper development, which includes understanding and restricting what they view on a regular basis.