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Effects of Television on Children
Sometimes we as adults knowingly expose our children to television to keep them engaged and occupied so that we don’t get disturbed in our work. Somehow this becomes an addiction for some kids and they just can’t do without the television and they throw temper tantrums if they are not allowed to watch.
Television definitely has some positive effects; there are education channels and nice entertainment options for kids but the ill effects are many. First of all more than educative channels there are programs and exposures that are in most cases not suitable for the kids.
Children also fall prey to attention deficit problems and memory problems. The rays emitted from the television may also prove harmful for the kids.
Studies have also shown that over exposure to television have made kids become over weight, aggressive, may develop bad habits which the kids imitate from the television, may develop unreasonable fear or may also learn facts which are not suitable for the kids’ global development.
A little self-control on the part of the parents themselves and also following few strict yet simple rules can help keep the bad effects of watching television at bay for the kids. The kids must be made to understand that the television will be put on for a limited period during the day and only the channels chosen by the parents will be screened for the kids to watch.
Providing alternative means of entertainment and exciting means of giving vent to the creativity of the kids can make them remain diverted from watching television. They must be explained that watching television is something they need permission for not what they can get with easily.
Setting a family schedule for watching the television together can uplift family bonding and can also help the kids learn from education channels. The parents themselves must first control their own viewing or view restricted channels for kids only when the kids are away or asleep.
The television should be kept in a separate room for family entertainment and the kids must realize that their study and play rooms are meant for them and their entertainment and not the television.