Television Bad for Children

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Jordan Landfair

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3-28-13

Television Bad for Children

In the days when television screens were brimming with images of "The Cosby Show" and "Three’s Company," parents barely gave a second thought when their youngsters spent a couple hours in front of the tube. But TV isn't what it used to be. There are more than 100 channels available via cable in most American communities, and much of the programming might send shock waves through parents raised on Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers. Television is hurting the children of today because of how much time kids spend watching TV, the immoral values it instills in kids, and how television actually negatively affects the brain.

Due to the lesser discipline notion of this day and age, kids nowadays just watch way too much TV. That is not a good thing, seeing that watching television keeps kids from doing other productive things like parent and child communication. Amy Nathanson, an associate professor at Ohio State University says that “TV viewing is reducing how much parents talk with their children. And diminished parent-child interaction can have negative effects on children, especially when they are young” ( Psychology Today). Young children who watch lots of TV may be missing out on valuable - even crucial - interactions with parents during a critical point in their development. Parent-child interaction, even with children who can't yet speak, is vital to children's healthy development. Also the more hours spent watching television can lead to health related issues. “children who spent more than an hour and a half in front of the TV each day had narrower blood vessels in their retinas,”(The World Today) says Anne Hipsley, a researcher at Syndey University in Australia. These narrower arteries signal increased risk of future heart disease and high blood pressure. Also watching too much television at close range can cause eyestrain. Chanie Kirschner, a writer and researcher for...
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