Television Standards

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Television Standards Television is a tremendously powerful medium that educates and enlightens, but it can also be a destructive force that can be sabotaging the proper behaviour and values parents around the world are trying to teach their children. The question of whether television standards are declining is an important issue because television entertainment was once viewed as the instrument that brought families together, but now, uncalled-for violence, sex, and indecent language on television are having a terrible impact on the youth of the world. This essay will consider arguments for having violence on television and point to some of the problems with these views. Finally, it will then address reasons of why television should cut out the violence, sex, and offensive language and become family television like the past.

It has been argued that violence on television is portrayed as it happens in our neighbourhoods where we live, so it should be shown as such to give a better understanding of our world, so that people realize that is how the world works.

Many people agree that they enjoy reality television, and that it brings them "down to earth" so that they do not view life through rose coloured glasses, as well, it helps people understand that life does not need to stay in these conditions, and it will and can improve. However, as a report from the National Institute of Violence of Mental Health states that there are many effects to the viewers of violence on television. The effects are as such : Children may become less tolerant to the pain and suffering of others, they may be more fearful of the world around them, and lastly, children are more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others.

Moreover, children who watch a lot of television...