Television watching is becoming more prominent in America culture. Children are being plugged into the television at younger and younger ages. Parents will want to get work done and the television is a very convenient “babysitter.” Parents do not have to pay the television to keep their children pre-occupied.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation kids are being plugged into the television long before they enter school. Two thirds of infants and toddlers watch up to two hours of television a day on average. Children under six watch about two hours of media which includes television and DVDs. Children ages eight to eighteen watch up to four hours of television and spend another two on the computer for either school work or computer games. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under two do not watch any television and those who are older than two should not watch any more than 1-2 hours a day. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the first two years of a child’s life is very important to their brain development. Television can interfere with reading and physical activity.
Television can also be educational to children. According to the article children can learn their ABC’s and grade school children can watch nature shows to learn about animals and such. Television can have its perks but had an even bigger down fall. Children who spend more than four hours watching television are more likely to be overweight. Children who watch violent television shows are more likely to be aggressive and they may be more scared of the world they live in. Some television characters glorify smoking and drinking , can show gender biases along with racial stereotypes.
The article also stated statistics on violence in television. “The average American child will witness 200,000 violent acts on television by age 18.” Television tells children if you are the “good guy” that it is ok to hit when parents teach...