The Effect of Television on a Childs Attention Span

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The effect of television on a childs attention span
Samantha Martin
COM/156
May 6, 2012
Jodi Galvan Axia College of the University of Phoenix

The effect of television on a childs attention span

In watching my 13-year-old daughter, and constantly trying to get her to complete the simplest of tasks such as loading the dishwasher. I have often wondered if watching too much television has anything to do with her inability to complete the smallest of tasks. Some people think that children who watch too much television are likely to develop ADHD; however, it may be the opposite. The child who is prone to Attention problems may be drawn to watching television to sooth their minds (New Scientist, 2007).

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We should ask ourselves, are the parts divided fairly equally? They go on to say, “Do screens eat up most of the hours outside of school or daycare? (Finkelstein & Roberts, 2004). One way to ensure that our children are not spending too much time in front of the television to try implementing “No television on the weekend” (Finkelstein & Roberts, 2004) , use that time to plan other fun, exciting, and educational activities that both you and your child will enjoy. You will not only create a learning experience you will be building fond memories that you and your child will hold dear for years to come.

We all know how television advertisers target children. We all need to recognize the effect that comecercials have on our children. Commercial are there for a reason, to sell you something (Finkelstein & Roberts, 2004). It is our responsibility as parents to keep commercials in their place. Have you ever been in the middle of Wal-Mart and had your child come up to you grasping the newest toy between their fists asking you, “mommy please, please can I have it?” I have been their on numerous occasions. Just to have my daughter throw a tantrum when I told her “no sweetie not today. Maybe you can do some chores to earn it.” We as parents need to keep commercials in their place. Economist Juliet Schore, author of born to buy says “Kids as young as one or two can
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