The Negative Effects Of Television On Children

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Did you know in 53% of households of 7th- to 12th-graders, there are no rules about TV watching(Boyse)? What about watching television as a child? You probably have very fond memories of your favorite t.v. shows. But did those same television shows actually hurt you more than you think? Ever since the early 1950’s people have been worried about the effects of television on children. There are many good things about television as well. Television has great educational value and can teach children about different cultures of the world. While you do other things you can be sure that they are not watching anything that is not appropriate. Even with all of the good that television can do it does not overshadow all of the bad things that television can do to children. Excessive use of television can be detrimental to children because it interferes with academics, skews their view of violence, and leaves little time for other activities. It is never a good idea to leave your child unattended watching television, especially if they are 18 months or younger. According to David M. Hill, “it takes around 18 months for a baby’s brain to develop to the point where the symbols on the screen came to represent their equivalents in the real world”. Children under 18 months should not be watching television because they do not even know what they are looking at. They become transfixed by the colors and the moving shapes it might look like they are invested in what they are looking at but
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