Reality Television's Affect on Children

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Running Head: Reality Television and Children 1 Values Portrayed On Reality Television Programs Gloria Cheek Eng 122 Instructor Bernadette Anayah October 4, 2010 Reality Television and Children 2 Values Portrayed On Reality Television Programs Television violence affects all who watch it, but its biggest effect is on children. Children’s minds are like a blank page, and television is writing violence on that page. Television violence is one of the causes of aggression and violent behavior in children. This problem is not new, but in recent years it has gotten…show more content…
I am taking a stand against this type of behavior on television and would like to see improvements in our television viewing. The networks are aware of this adverse effect on their young viewers and they should do something to correct it (PTC 2001-2002). The problem with reality television is more than just one issue, there are several issues that can be researched on this topic. The issues of this research are how reality television affects the morals of our youth at home, in school, and in society. Is violence on television affecting the way children view what is moral or immoral. This research will point out what children tend to think or feel about what they see on television. Reality television is not the only shows where children see violence and immoral acts; they also see it on cartoons. Cartoons are the most watched shows by younger children and adolescent’s alike. Television viewing is a major activity and influences children and adolescents. Children in the United States watch on average 3 – 4 hours of television a day (AACAP, March 2001). By the time they graduate they will have spent more time watching television than they spent in the classroom. Television may entertain, inform, and keep them company, but it may also influence them in undesirable ways. There are important activities that children could be doing like reading, school work, playing, exercise, interaction with
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