Children and Television
October 22, 2012
Children and Television
Television (TV) can have its own educational and social benefits for many children; it can also be very entertaining and educational in many ways. When children watch positive role models perform respectful acts to others that alone can inspire children to make encouraging and helpful decisions when encountering others. TV awards children the chance to explore the globe through many diverse shows that expand on different countries and places such as Space and the Deep Ocean. Children can learn about different animals, cultures, and gain exposure to different ideas that may not be available in their own town. However, the reverse also can be true; children may see or hear things on TV that parents may not want them to learn. TV can also affect a child’s health, behavior, and family in negative ways through different kinds of behavioral issues. How children learn and retain information, along with the type of programming they watch, can inspire children and adults alike to become more involved with educational shows using flashcards and instructive guides. There are many types of learning styles among children, and to fully understand each type can be very useful for parents who want the best for their child’s education. There are three main styles that can describe how most children learn. They include the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Many children do not learn by using just one of these categories; they can use all three if this is how they retain information the best. The way a child learns is not decided by children themselves, children will tend to use the style that most naturally comes to them. Many visual learners use pictures, diagrams, and tables to help them fully retain information (Felder & Soloman, 2000). Visual learners tend to have very vivid imaginations and learn by seeing pictures or tables; they may also think of things that they encounter or learn each day in an imagery format (Vincent & Ross, 2001). An auditory learner may enjoy listening, talking, and carrying on conversations with others on what they are trying to learn or just remember. With many children, by listening to their ABC’s through a song, they can retain how the alphabet goes much easier. In school, auditory learners can benefit most by listening to their teachers first then repeating the information back for full comprehension. These types of learners do not develop pictures in their mind, as do the visual learners, but rather filter incoming information through their listening and repeating skills. An auditory learner is usually very talkative and has difficulty with writing (Vincent & Ross, 2001). Kinesthetic children choose to engage in hands-on activities that use the sense of touch to learn. For kinesthetic learners to fully understand and retain information presented to them, they must touch, feel or be able to apply the information in some sense to a physical activity or object. They tend to take many notes and use pictures to help remember what they learned. Kinesthetic learners also have a very difficult time paying attention and can seem to become uninterested if there is not physical involvement of any kind (Vincent & Ross, 2001). For example, children tend to learn their shapes faster by physically picking up an object of a certain shape and placing it through the corresponding shapes hole inside a toy box. Visual and kinesthetic learners are similar in that they both use a hands-on approach toward learning by applying what they have learned to an event in their lives or an object that they physically can see or touch. Physical hands-on learning can have its advantages, but it can provide only so much information for children. Reading and being able to fully comprehend what is being read is also a very helpful skill in retaining...
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