Television and its Affects on Children

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Have you ever wondered how television effects your children? The average child watches television 2 hours per week and most of this viewing is of violence or sexual acts. During this time there is a violent act shown every 6 minutes and on Saturday mornings there is 20 to 25 violent acts shown every hour on prime time t.v. especially in cartoons or animated programs. So no matter what your child is watching it is damaging their sense of imagination and creativity. Now there is no need for children to use their imagination and creativity anymore, television has even taken that away from them.

In today's generation television has a great influence on children. Unfortunately most of the programs watched by children have a negative impact and give the wrong impression of what really happens in everyday life. It also influences their development and their behaviours. 'In fact childhood development experts say infants as young as 14 months old imitate behaviour they see on t.v

and children up to the age of 5 lack the cognitive ability to distinguish fact from fantasy'(Internet; Children and television violence) Therefore what they see on t.v is what they are most likely to imitate. Cartoons are even showing numerous acts of violence and most of this violence is done by the 'good guys'. For example, Power Rangers; how do they get rid of the bad guys? by fighting . During the whole episode you see the 'Rangers' kicking, punching and attacking the bad guys. Other shows like X-men, Sailor Moon, Looney Tones, and even Care Bears show violence towards others. It's no wonder children think it's okay to act this way when even their 'Super Heroes' who are supposed to be the good guys are hurting others. They see the good guys doing...