Should Children Watch Television?
In United States, “Children watch 4 hours of television every day, 28 hours a week and, sometimes, 10 hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Before their 18th birthday, children may view 25,000 hours of television” (Ni Chang 85). Nowadays, technology has been developed and used in many different ways. Many children spend large amount of time on IPad, smart phone, and computer. Clearly, television has played an important role in most of the younger age group’s life. As a parent, one of the biggest concerns about the influence that television has on the children is that they tend to become aggressive while they watch a lot of violent program. Communicating and engaging with one and other is limited because television has destroyed communication among family and removed children from the social interaction. Moreover, watching a lot of TV also contributes child obesity. Overall, television is harmful for children in their early development because it is not only going to delay their brain development, but also increase their aggressive behavior, and cause child obesity in a long term period.
First, children who normally watch TV are more likely to have delayed brain development. For example, by constantly watching TV, children will be lack of natural skill exploring such as language development on learning and attention. According to Mary L. Courage, who is a researcher professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, “Exposure to the unnaturally fast pace of sound and image change in video material during this sensitive period might alter synaptic connections in the neural networks underlying attention and shorten the infant’s attention span” (73). Basically, she is saying that many children started at a very young age to have a close connection with screen media, exposure of television will distract their attention and effect on future learning. While watching television, children are less likely to get involve and experience things. It is urgent to ease off television dependence for young children otherwise it is going to have damage in their brain development.
Second, repeated exposure to violence screen will have a negative effect on children’s behavior. For instance, video game is a new area of media for younger children; particularly, violent video games will cause children to become aggressive both in the short and long term. Furthermore, “Our society is not ‘violent-germ free’. On a daily basis, media across most genres and channels report news, embracing nonviolent and violent accounts. As a parent is watching daily news, violent scenes may indirectly jeopardize the child” (Ni Chang 86). For instance, if parents watch violent show with their children, most likely the children will go to get that idea and act out violent unconsciously. In addition, violent video can distract children to where they lose contact with and have little time to interact with family and friends. Burke states “With more and more...