Essay on Television and Children: Friend or Foe

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In the United States, 96.7 percent of American households own television sets (Nielsen, 2011). Whether it is watching the news to catch up on what is going on in the world, or checking the road conditions for the morning rush hour; television has become a necessity in every household. Television gives people the ability to take a break from life and melt away into a different world. Children in particular, have become overly attached to TV. In many cases children are being left in front of the television for hours to entertain themselves. Children learn from what see adults and other children do. Parents or guardians must take the proper steps to become a more effective role model by changing their own habits and lifestyles. What…show more content…
It could be the amount of programs watched that affect children’s behavior; more likely it is the quality of the programs watched. According to KidsHeath in a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), children who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior but also fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them (KidsHealth, 2011). This type of thought pattern creates the onset of certain phobia’s, panic disorders, and learning disabilities in children. In the April 2004 issue of Pediatrics magazine, a study from the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that for each hour of television that preschoolers watched per day. Their risk of developing later childhood attention problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD(H)D) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) increased by almost 10 percent (Shulman, 2004). These findings contribute to the rise in diagnosed cases of these disorders considerably over the past several years. With the amount of risky behavior such as drinking, smoking, drugs and sex in television programs; children are empowered with a need to participate in these practices. This not only contributes to the delinquency of today’s youth but also creates an increased amount of mental and health related issues. In addition to these problems, obesity is in children is at an all time high and on the rise. During an average school

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