Is Television Harmful?
I have always found the controversy over children being harmed by television shows interesting. I feel that over the years this topic has changed quite significantly. I know as I was growing up watching television was considerably acceptable since the majority of shows were educational. However, as the shows progress to be less education and more entertainment based, it appears that television is corrupting the minds earlier than my generation. Due to this difference, I began wondering if there are any differences in theories about this topic for kids growing up in the 90’s and the kids growing up today.
As the years pass, I feel as though since my early childhood (‘92-‘98) the idea of watching television was more of a social norm and it was thought that there were no harmful effects on the development of the child’s brain. Now I want to dive further into this topic and figure out if there is a correlation between television and the development of the brain whether it is good or bad or is this topic just a myth. I feel this research should help me develop and understanding of allowing children to watch T.V. is harmful or not. In my opinion, allowing children to watch the educational shows is beneficial to their brain development. However, an excessive amount could be harmful for the children’s social skills and other aspects that are essential to their development capacity to understand difficult concepts as they learn.
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 children watching television for a long period of time it can be harmful for the development of the children’s brain. While they are watching television you should monitor what these children are watching; you should only allow them to watch shows that will educate the child. However, only let them watch television for a short period of time. I did some further research on this certain topic I found that there is a lot of debate on handle this topic of allowing your child to watch television.
There are some pros with allowing the children to watch television. In his article “Raise Smart Kids”, Ian Chase says “Studies show that kids who watch educational and non-violent children’s shows do better on reading and math tests than those who do not watch these programs (Chase 2013).” If you as a parent allow children to watch educational or informative shows when they are younger they are more likely to continue watching the educational/informational shows, as they get older. Also stated in the article Chase states “Preschoolers who viewed educational programs tend to have higher grades, are less aggressive and value their studies more when they reach high school, according to a long-term study” (Chase).