The Effects of Television on Child Development Essay

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Our generation has been raised in a technological advanced world and there has been definite controversy over many of these innovations that this new culture has brought. An innovation that has troubled the youth of America for many years is television. Although there is no certainty to eliminate this 'plug-in drug,'; there are many ways to control and monitor your television as a parent. Children between two and eleven years of age watch an average of 25 hours of television a week.(Children's Television) Which means that children spend more time watching television than in school. With that statistic it is no wonder why this is such a huge problem that this nation has to deal with. There are many facts that show how…show more content…
A chalk-on-the-board lectures leaves many students unable to remain attentive.'; Watching television also 'impedes the growth of longer attention spans.';(Neural Activity on the Growth of the Brain) As with conditioning a child to the sound and images of television, the seven-minute length of programs before a commercial interruption can 'condition a child to a seven minute attention span.';(The Wall Street Journal) Odds Bodkin, a professional storyteller, relates to this theory. He performs before 10,000 children a year. In 1994 Bodkin stated, 'After about seven minutes restlessness sets in as their inner clocks anticipate a commercial break.'; This is also a factor in school because when a child's attention span is not up to there own grade level than it decreases they're learning ability. 'Schools expect kindergarten through second graders to have short attention spans, but also expect attention capability to increase with grade level. When that doesn't happened children is disadvantaged. A student who, Month after month, is inattentive in class may well find it difficult to learn the material being presented. Television also interferes with the development of reading skills. 'A child must learn to move the eyes back and fourth across the page in order to read.';(The Development of Children 63) But with television, the eyes are fixed on the screen. One hour a day in school
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