Positive Effects of the Media on Children

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Positive effects of the Media on Children

Although many parents may disagree, there are several positive effects of television on children. Most of us with young children grew up watching television. Sesame Street is a PBS classic over 35 years old, with positive rating for developing literacy, cultural awareness, diversity, imaginative play and ways to deal with feelings and emotions. Curious George, also a PBS classic more recently, teaches children to problem solve, ask questions, and find solutions. Curious George promotes learning in a fun, interesting, and creative way. So the American Association of Pediatrics’’ recommends that children und the age of two watch no television at call can be confusing. They further recommend that children between the ages of two and six watch less than two hours of carefully selected programming per day. How do parents reconcile the idea that educational programming has positive attributes and these recommendations? Parents need to choose wisely, consider the content of the materials of the programs, and making the most of TV time. By doing these three thinks you can ensure that you child will benefit from the good effect of the media. Television is so commonly criticized as being bad for children that an important fact sometimes gets overlooked: some types of television viewing may actually enhance children's intellectual development, according to a study. "Sweeping condemnations of television ignore the obvious fact that television contains an enormous variety of forms and content," says lead study author Aletha C. Huston, Ph.D., of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Texas at Austin. "The findings of this study provide strong support for the notion that the effects of television viewing depend on program content and genre.” In the study published in the September/October issue of Child Development, Huston and colleagues analyzed the television-viewing habits of nearly 200 children aged 2 to 7 over...
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