The many effects of TV on children “Guns do not kill people, people kill people. ” That is a common quote one would hear from the NRA regarding the debate that it’s the people doing the killing and not the guns, but does that concept apply to the debate of how TV impacts children’s lives? According to the article “Making Time for TV: Why Parents Who Love Television Should Let Their Kids Watch, Too,” the author, Mark Oppenheimer, states that the same principle can be applied to the TV debate, in which he says, “TVs do not kill families, families kill families. That statement can be true, because it is up to the parents of the children to help regulate some amount of what they see on on TV and the amount of it to prevent the many affects TV can have on children, such as spending less time with their families, having a higher chance at obesity, and if parents can not monitor what their children watch on TV, the shows their children see can alter their behaveoir if seen at the wrong age. One way TV can affect children if parents do not intervine in some way, is that it can cause a family to spend less time together and more time watching TV alone.
This is a common effect that can happen to a family when everyone only wants to watch TV because it is an easy way to keep one self entertained which causes children to spend time less time with their family. This is an effect that happens to most families when the parents decide to buy a TV for every room in the house. With the easy access to their favorite TV shows, most children go straight to their room as soon as they get home. That leads on to a thought that not that many people have had concerning their siblings, in which that even though they live in the same house, they don’t talk to their siblings as much as their friends at school.
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One reason may be that because there are no TVs at schools, children are forced to talk to each to keep themselves entertained. That brings in the role of parent, because although it is good to allow their children to watch TV, it should not get to the point were it controls their family. Which is why parents should create time when the TV should be off, and spend time with each other. Another effect of limiting children’s time spent watching TV is that it encourages them to do other things such as do their homework or play outside, which would also help reduce their chances with obesity.
When children can not watch TV, they find other ways to keep themselves entertained. Oppenheimer states that when his youngest daughter chose what to watch on TV for the night, “sometimes the older girls—no longer as interested in Dora, or Maisy Mouse—drift off to draw or read a book. ” However, parents should not get really strict when it comes with the TV schedule, because as Oppenheimer says, “you can get your children to eat all-organic, or to watch only educational television, parceled out by the tablespoon, but you’ll drive yourself mad trying. So while it is good for parents to encourage turning off the TV, they should not enforce those rules to strictly, because they would be letting their children miss out on a great experience from their childhood. As the Oppenheimer states,
“After all, I have a peculiar history with television, and every time one of my girls watches television, there is a little part of me that is rooting for her, cheering her on, as if she’s making up for lost time—mine, not hers. The reason Oppenheimer may feel this way might be because his parents would strongly enforce their TV rules when he was a child, he now feels like he lost time with something he enjoys. One last effect that TV can have on children is that in today’s society, there are many shows out there that are intended for adults, material that if it is seen by children, could change how they behave and even how they think. Because watching TV is a normal routine not just with children, but with adults as well, corporations release a great amount of shows that are intended for adults only.
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This material has been proven to alter children’s minds when exposed to them at the wrong age. Like Oppenheimer says about parents, “there’s been a big change between then and now: Unlike our parents, we no longer think television is bad for grown-ups. To the contrary, today’s parents don’t reluctantly accept television—we revere it, for ourselves. We are all TV watchers, every last one of us. At parties, we compare obsessions: “Have you seen Homeland? ” “Did you stick with 30 Rock until the end? So with TV being such a big part of adult lives, “on what grounds do we limit our children at all? ” So with so many shows out there intended for mature viewers, parents should help monitor the shows that their children watch because without their monitoring, those shows are easily accesible to anyone watching TV. Parents should encourage their children to watch shows intended for their age that they find interesting, which could encourage them to find out more about something they saw on TV.
An example of this can be when a child starts to watch a show about sharks on TV and gets interested with the animal, that could then encourage him or her to research more about sharks online or by reading books. Oppenheimer gives an example of a book he likes concerning TV on children, Steven Johnson’s 2005 Everything Bad Is Good for You. The book states that “TV (like video games) is actually good for our children. It also adds to that by stating that a “2010 Dutch study that concluded that children with a computer or television in their own room were more, not less, likely to play outdoors. ” What children watch TV and the amount of it will probably always be a topic of debate among parents mainly because of the negative side effects it can have, but parents should realize that with a little control, TV can be a positive aspect in children’s lives as proven with many studies done through out the country.
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So with that many studies showing the same result, parents should not see TV as negative influence in their children’s lives, because it will only be a negative influence if they do not monitor what their children watch and let them watch shows intended for a more mature audience, material that could alter the way a child thinks and behaves if shown at the wrong age. MLA Citation Oppenheimer, Mark. “Making Time for TV: Why Parents Who Love Television Should Let Their Kids Watch, Too.