Humans spend more time watching television every day than on any other single activity, aside from sleeping. Since the first television sets appeared in homes, in mid-twentieth century, television has grown into a phenomenon found in almost every household. In the beginning, there were only three principal broadcast networks; today, there are hundreds of channels available. There is no doubt that television has an impact on all of us, especially on children, so that it came to be accompanied with criticisms and concerns. Children love watching cartoons and movies, but too much of it during developmental years can have a significant negative impact on them. To minimize the potential negative effects of television, parents should be control TV watching and substitute it with healthy activities. A research study in Britain has show that on a typical day, a person spends on average of 5.5 hours using media, including television, computer games and the Internet. Tv is the number one after-school activity for 6 to 17 year old. Although television is loved by children and adults and has helped them a lot, it has influenced them in a negative way. Some people believe that children should be allowed to watch a lot of television because it is educational. Preschoolers can get help to learn the alphabet on children’s programs and grade scholars can learn about wildlife on nature shows. However, with the increased rate of working parents, most children come home from school and are left alone or with a babysitter who may not care what the children watch on TV. With no supervision nearby, children may end up watching shows with violence, sex and bad language. Children that view such shows are likely to fear that the world is scary or that something bad will happen to them. Furthermore, the children will start to show aggressive behavior or start to behave like what they see on TV.
An argument put is that people have a choice on what to watch and how long they watch it...
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