The effects of television on children have been disputed. Some people have said that viewing time has a negative impact on children. Other people, however, feel that the early educational television productions for children help tehm learn. These important questions on the topic of children’s television viewing in its early beginnings continue to be debated in society. The creation of children’s television shows in the 1940s and 1950s offered children pure entertainment and very little smart education.
'Television interferes with the development of intelligence, thinking skill and imagination. ';(LimiTv) A huge element of thinking is taking from what you already know and deciding how it applies in different situation. School makes you do this, but television does not. Michael and Sheila Cole, sociologist, say that 'Children socialized to learn from television had lower than normal expectations about the amount of mental effort required to learn from written texts, and tended to read less and perform relatively poorly in school. ';(Development of Children 24) Which means that it takes very little effort to follow a television show and kids are raised on television believe that it takes less effort to learn from television rather than books because they have been 'spoon-fed'; information by television.
There is a lot of speculation about whether television is for children in their early childhood. This topic is very debatable between scholars; there are some pros and cons with this topic. My opinion on this topic is that television is good for the children only in moderation. With ch... ... middle of paper ... ...al skills that the child needs to make friends. When a child watches television, they might accidentally catch glimpses of violent acts and children are known to mimic actions that they see.
This website will also illustrate the necessity of parents to be there for their children and for teachers to play a pivotal role in helping children separate fact from fiction during television viewing. Television is by far the most popular and most powerful medium in which children are exposed. It probably could be argued that television is more influential than parents are to children, however all television does not have to have negative effects on children. Many programs do have positive themes behind them. A study by Aletha C. Huston and John C. Wright (1998) examined the studies portrayed television as having negative effects on children, and proved that most of these studies are faulty.
As they watch televisions frequently, their worldview and value are built up. In other words, televisions give education to the youngsters. However, under the situation that the mass media goes more and more commercialized the ethics among the industry is usually overlooked. The messages of violence, salacity and incorrect value directly affect teenagers’ values and thoughts. Televisions affect teenagers in three dimensions namely buying behavior, physical health and psychological health.
Children do not know what is right and what is wrong that is why they are so easily influenced by what they see on television. Social learning is a theory that can be used to explain the impact that television has on children. This theory is the method in which people obtain new information, form behavior, or attitudes from other people, meaning that children learn new information every time they watch a TV show and by what they learn is reflected on the way that they behave towards other people. Social Comparison Theory is when people compare themselves to others; comparison to others is highly informative. This theory can also be used to explain the impact that TV has on children because kids are more likely to act like their favorite character from a show rather then act as themselves.
Background information Since the television was first introduced in the 1940's, there has many controversies on whether television benefits or harm your children. Television involves some positive accept such as educated students through entertainment and negative things such as violence etc. which harms children growth and since that the controversies of whether television benefits children is highly debated.
The sitting-room and the kitchen. All these ideas from television alter the behaviour of the young in the long and short run but we all could not live without a television in our everyday lives. It teaches us the basics, Sesame Street, and other knowledge’s, Countdown. We may all like it for its homour or seriousness. But nevertheless adult material will always be shown on this box of never ending stories.
Children have the highest tendency of doing this. The reason why they watch television in their spare time, whenever there is an opportunity is simply to keep them busy and occupied but mostly entertained. That’s the time when they learn the most, by watching TV shows which are packed with violent scenes. According to this research in the USA an average of 20-25 vio... ... middle of paper ... ...hat raises a huge question is the way of children seeing how real media are, how much do they believe in movies, television shows, and the reality behind it. Wilson states: “When media storylines seem realistic, children are likely to pay closer attention to what they are watching and presumably exert more cognitive effort in processing the information.”(Wilson, 2008).