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The Good and Bad Effects of TV for Children

By Maria Dp Sembiring



Is TV good for children? Actually, TV is one of the most influential for society in two different sides especially for children; it can be useful, educated, and also addictive, even harmful. For children, it is hard to avoid television if people in the house are usually watching TV. It is common for parents to use TV as a substitute babysitter. Also, many parents buy videos that they think can make their kids are smart. But how does watching TV really affect children?

In one side, TV is not all that bad; TV impact could give us some eases. First, all programs on TV are basically designed to entertain and give information to people. They help them relax and get to know about different news or information. They also make them laugh because they are amusing. Next, some TV shows can educate, inform and inspire. Many different programs have been to serve children good lessons through cartoon films, games, music, sport, and local film series for children. It can be more effective than books or audiotapes in teaching children about processes like how a plant grows or how to bake a cake.

In contrast, TV exposes children to negative influences, and promotes negative behavior. Some programs, however, are sometimes about the exhibition of violence, sarcasm, crimes, murder, etc. For instance, twenty years of research has shown that children who are more exposed to media violence behave more aggressively as kids and when they are older. They are taught by TV that violence is the way to resolve conflict – as when a TV hero beats up a bad guy to subdue him. Moreover, it has bad effect for their health. Children who watch too much TV are usually overweight, according to the American Medical Association. Children often snack on junk food while watching TV. They are also influenced by commercials to consume unhealthy food. Also, they are not running, jumping, or doing activities that burn calories and increase metabolism.

Well, as the consequences of these bad effects, many parents should realize about this problem. It is better if they can start to follow the good effects by selecting the good programs for their children today. Not only it, but also they need to control their children by accompanying them when watching TV while educate them. Last but not least, many parents should remember to limit time of watching TV for their children because it is bad for their health and education if it takes a long time.

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