The Impact Reality Tv Has on Our Youth

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The Impact Reality Television Has On Our Youth Television serves nearly 30 hours of entertainment to children 8 to 18, weekly. Reality television is a phenomenon that is sweeping the globe. These programs are widely viewed by kids, tweens, and teens. Many of these kids idolize reality stars and mimic their every move and their vocabulary. This alleged reality is negatively affecting the well-being of children world-wide. Kids tend to imitate what they observe on television and these programs typically support the worst attributes of behavior. (Ludwig 2003). While reality television can be positive, parents should monitor the programs watched by their children due to the negative affects these shows contribute to children’s overall…show more content…
Thus, proving kids emulate what they see. With increased sexual activity while transmitting various diseases, it is not hard to know what the physical health affects are, and then couple that with distress to their mental health. “My Super Sweet 16” shows affluent parents spending hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars celebrating their child’s 16th birthday. Large guest lists, lavish gifts, gourmet dinners are just the beginning to this show. Portraying these “parties” as normal is creating a self-centered ideal among teenagers, regardless of the financial health of the family. “If you loved me, you would” has become a staple statement teenagers are giving their parents. When parents do not nor can not produce such lavish parties and gifts, these kids feel unfulfilled and undeserving. Those feelings ultimately change and the teenager begins to feel like a failure. In Pediatrics it was stated that “children and adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television, which influence their perceptions and behaviors.” (Pediatrics, 2001). Parents need to stop allowing their kids to watch these programs. Other reality shows promote that happiness can be found in sex, money and being skinny. These false promotions will continue to relay poor self-image issues to young girls, not to mention the deplorable ideals placed into boys. When impressionable children watch shows that

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