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Since there are so many programs on tv these days, it's important to control what your children are watching on TV...

Controlling What Your Children Are Watching on TV

With the increasing pervasion of the TV into the daily life and households of every family, small or big, rich or poor, it is essential for parents to pause and think about the effects the TV may have on the little ones in the family. As a matter of fact, there is nothing wrong about watching television, but there maybe something wrong when it comes to how much time is being spent with the TV.

As a parent, it is very important to control what your children are watching on TV, as well as how much time they spend in front of the TV. This is because TV undoubtedly has an immense effect on a child both in terms of the time spent and the content viewed. A parent has to figure out to what extent the child is exposed to vulgarities such as violence and sex and the ideal number of hours which a child of that age should spend and of course the effects of commercials.

Preschoolers could easily get affected and try to imitate what they watch on television. Therefore it is of utmost importance that a simple but firm plan is made for the week about how much time they can watch permitted programs. Parents can turn their children’s attention towards educational programs while discouraging undesirable programs

Although television does provide children with useful information, it certainly doesn’t make them smarter. It is vital that children realize their own strengths and weaknesses so as to become fulfilled adults. However, TV can obstruct children’s self-development by limiting their participation in real life activities which will help mould their characters. Young children are better off fantasizing on their own rather than by fantasizing with the help of the television.

It is yet to be proven that viewing violence on TV will cause violent behavior in children. On the other hand, even experts, agree that constant exposure to such programs is not in the best interests of children. Eventually children may be more causal about pain and suffering of others or they may become more fearful of the world and eventually become aggressive or withdrawn.

The TV is brimming with programs and advertisements which show risky behavior such as stunts or sex and drugs as cool and exciting. This is worsened by the fact that there are no after-discussions about the consequences of these. This makes children who watch such content initiate or participate in such activities much earlier than their less-exposed friends.

Let kids live their own lives and grow up on their own rather than lean onto the TV to live their lives the way they want to.


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