Assignment number: u02d2
Dr. John Grohol wrote an article called “Debilitating Effects of TV on Children” which explains that children who watch too much TV affects their academic performance, cause health problems, and possibly lose their innocence.
Dr. Grohol’s main argument is there are many harmful effects from children and adolescents who watch too much TV. Dr. Grohol explains that as parent we want to protect our children from harmful behavior, but not when they watch too much TV.
Dr. Grohol uses many facts to support his argument, from 2007 at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. They concluded that adolescents who watched more than one to two hours of TV daily were at risk for poor grades and academic failure for those who watched more than three hours of TV a day. He also cited that The American Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in 2005, which found that watching too much TV causes a lower educational level into adulthood. He also spoke about the University of Michigan Health Systems, which states that children who watch too much TV not only limits their education, but causes health problems in the future. He concludes his argument by stating that studies have shown teens who watch sexual content on TV will more than likely become a teenage mother or involved in a pregnancy more than their peers.
The main conclusion in this article is that TV really doesn’t make your life any better and to limit TV time with children and adolescents, or better yet, turn the TV off and go outside! The main assumptions underlying the author’s thinking is that TV causes health problems, lower grades, academic failure, negative attitudes towards school and teenage pregnancy.
I agree with Dr.Grohol about becoming sedentary from watching too much TV, which can cause many health problems. I do believe that we need to turn off the TV and go outside like we have in the past. Time Health on “Watching TV: Even worse for your kids than you think,”...
References: Park, A. (2009, August 4). Watching TV: Even Worse For Kids Than You Think. Time Health on the web. Retrieved September 19, 2012 from http://www.time.com/health/article/0,8599,1914450,00.html
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