The Effects Of Television On Children 's Children

959 Words Feb 11th, 2016 4 Pages
More than 98% of households in the United States have at least one television set. Two-thirds of the children in the United States have a television in their room. Children watch approximately twenty-eight hours of television a week. Children watching violent broadcast TV shows are exposed to guns or bladed weapons every three minutes. By the age of eighteen, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence (2015).
Americans clock in much of their free time watching television. Idiot box, boob tube, and time waster are just a few of the names that televisions have been referred to as, in the past. However, this so called, “bad habit” has been proven to have some beneficial effects. Television can be educational. It is also known to improve memory and intelligence, as well as allow you to live vicariously.
With 98% of households containing a TV, Americans have a broadened education lingering at their fingertips. Due to children spending a majority of their time watching television, acts have been made to allow more educational programing to be available to children during day time hours. Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Magic School Bus, and Timothy the Tooth are a few examples of educational programs for youth. Educational programs help further positive development. They are made to meet a child’s cognitive, intellectual, emotional and social needs (2001). However, television does not only benefit children. There are many educational and…
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