The Effects Of Television On Children 's Brain

1039 Words Jun 29th, 2015 5 Pages
The Effects of Television on Children Television sets can be found in almost every American’s home. They’re used for news report, daily weather forecast and for pleasure. However, time spent in front of the tube is linked to having adverse affects in the development of children’s brains. Excess screen time can be linked to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, aggressive behavior, poor mental development, and physical health issues later in life. In one study a young six year old boy was observed after being referred for aggression disorders in school. The observation found that he was watching three to four hours of television programming a day. When his mother would try to cut down on this time he would lash out and become very upset. It was also observed that when left to play with his toys, he would often reenact scenes from cartoons with ease, but seemed to have difficulty playing freely with his toys. It was hard for him to use his own imagination and connect with others while playing. Over the course of six months his parents were successful in reducing his TV time to roughly four hours a week. There was then a substantial growth in his ability to create his own imaginative ideas and creative themes while playing with others and his aggressive behavior had decreased marginally (Burke 6). So what could this possibly mean? Television could possibly be causing over stimulation in children’s brains. This overstimulation added with no interaction from the TV set…
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