Some people believe that sticking their child in front of the T.V is dangerous, that it could affect their stimulation with maturity and knowledge that it could lead to obesity? Yes, there are a lot of children who do find comfort by watching T.V, but why, outside is perceived to becoming more dangerous for young children to be going out and about. If you were to be living in a rough estate would you prefer your child to go outside with possible dangers or to watch T.V in the comfort of their own home, or is T.V more dangerous. Will children like it that much that they would continue to sit and watch T.V all day – later making them obese.
Active consumptions is based on knowing what the audience is thinking for example if there is a mystery detective show on T.V then, is the audience just watching or are their minds actively trying to dig out the suspects to find out who the killer is, before the plot is revealed. So when children are watching T.V their minds will be active, this can be debatable whether it’s good or bad:
- Children would be able to interact with the shows being displayed to them, as most of the shows now created for children all base on teaching them the basics, maths, reading, sign language etc.
- Children’s T.V shows use bright stimulating colours to grasp the children’s attention.
- Children mirror actions, so if they were watching polite aspects T.V would be one of the ways they would be picking up good manners.
- There are plenty learning sources for children that are seen through T.V’s such as DVD’s.
- Children will mirror actions, so if children are exposed to products that are above their age limits, they will be learning new things that are not necessarily good.
- They could be exposed to uncensored, bad language or violent aspects if their T.V is not monitored.
- Children could mirror action leading to cause harm to siblings, or possibly children in schools.
- If T.V is children’s lives then they may develop health issues, “Children with TV’s in their bedrooms were more prone to be overweight” (http://blog.beliefnet.com/castingstones/2008/04/televisiondangerous-for-childr.html).
- “The majority of experts think that a TV/video-driven culture has bad effects on kids – and may prevent kids from being smart” (http://www.raisesmartkid.com/all-ages/1-articles/13-the-good-and-bad-effects-of-tv-on-your-kid)
An example is with the James Bulger’s case, with the children who caused the offence the jury and members of public were debating whether the children may have watched too many films and mimicked the actions, they were known to have possibly watched the film ‘Child’s Play’. This is an extreme occurrence from the supposed influenced of T.V, but there are small incidents with children mirroring actions from T.V for example WWE, there are a lot of children who would try the stunts during school, on other pupils or at home with there siblings.
Can the access of the amount of T.V watched be monitored, whether it’s during school, home or at their friends, children are frequently exposed to the developing world of electronics. Technology is increasing with the amount of devices that are being created and the younger generations are brought up with craving for the new latest gadget, as their world will be based on technology. So if parents may limit T.V access the children may be able to have access to screened devices such as laptop, tablets etc and to then they can watch all that they desire.
Debating about the influences of T.V for children:
“Children who frequently watch violent TV programs or play violent video games are 11 times more likely to engage in aggressive and antisocial behavior than children not frequently exposed” (http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/tv-violence-and-impact-on-children).
“The Medical Research Council (MRC) team who studied more than 11,000 primary school pupils says it is wrong to link bad behaviour to TV viewing” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21923930)
This is showing that there is no political evidence that children do or do not become violent through watching T.V, and that all the feedback is all just debates ranging through all the research they have conducted but there is no positive evidence that suggests that children watching violent T.V will make them violent.