Children, if not guided and monitored properly, may experience some adverse effects of watching television. For example, they may spend too much time watching television and fail to keep up with their academic work. Prolonged TV viewing and incorrect viewing practices like sitting too close to the television or keeping the TV room poorly illuminated, may pose certain health hazards like impairing eye sight. There is also a possibility of children being exposed to and influenced by the offensive and objectionable content that has become common on television nowadays. Viewing extreme violence and abusive content may prompt children to take up similar activities. To avoid the
Watching TV is a passive event. Children -- and adults -- remain immobile while viewing the TV. Most viewing experiences are both quiet and non-interactive. All attention is given to the images. Television creates an environment that assaults and overwhelms the child. As children and adults sit in front of a television watching a film of horrors of varying kinds, they remain completely quiet . . .. They will be hooked."
Each year children read less and less and watch television increasingly. "The typical child sits in front of the television about four hours a day -- and for children in lower socio-economic families the amount of time consequently spent is even greater. In either case, the child spends more time with TV than he or she spends talking to parents, playing with peers, attending school, or reading books. TV time take over family time, play time, and the reading time that could promote language development.