Television A Positive Or Negatative Impact

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Television: A Positive Or Negatative Impact On Children Essay, Research Paper Television: A posotive or negative impact on childrenTelevision: A positive or negative impact on children Introduction Do children learn from television? Are some children more drawn to television than others? Do infants and toddlers pay attention to and understand television? Which type of television programming are most effective with children? Do the behavior in television shows provide a model for the behavior of a child? Does advertising on television affect children? Do children obtain a “release or “purging” of their emotions from their vicarious involvement in television shows? Does the content of television entertainment affect a child’s conception of his or her own sex roles and

his or her feelings toward his or her ethnicity? Does it affect his or her conception of opposite sex roles? Which activities in a child’s life are replaced by television viewing? Does watching a lot of television affect a child’s ability to read? Does it affect his or her preference for reading? Does it affect the amount of time he or she usually spends with books? How does television viewing fit into family life? Within the family, who chooses the programs to be watched? Do children accept the racial stereotypes they see on television? Do they accept the national and religious stereotypes? Do children in different socioeconomic statuses typically have different habits of watching television? Do intelligent children differ from not so bright children in their use of

television? Which techniques of television production increase children’s interest and attentiveness? Can young children watch television while simultaneously engaging in activities not related to television? Do children accept the stereotypes of occupations presented on television? (Murray 1) These are just some of the questions that researchers have tried to answer over the years pertaining to children and television. In today’s media age, it is no surprise that people are becoming more and more concerned with how television can affect children. Television is often referred to as the ‘electronic babysitter’ because it is often used to entertain children when parents have other things that they need to do. From my own experiences and observations I can say with great

certainty that television is becoming more and more a part of the lives of children. That is why I chose this topic for my thesis. It is important that going into an industry like broadcasting I am aware that the things people take for granted when putting shows on the air may have a profound (or not so profound) impact on someone’s life. Television can have a positive or negative impact on a child. It all depends on many different levels of variables. These variables can include gender, socioeconomic status, race, religion, age, hair color, or anything else that may make one person different from another. For example, a girl with blond hair may feel that she too may not be so bright after viewing an episode of Married with Children. This example, although a bit far-fetched,

demonstrates the idea of how children’ s views of themselves may be effected by television. There are many classic examples that people can use when trying to argue that television can have a negative impact on children. One example that I’m sure most people are familiar with is the case in which a five-year-old Ohio boy set his trailer home on fire, killing his baby sister. His mother immediately blamed the incident on the animated MTV show Beavis and Butthead, a show that features two teenage boys prone to bouts of pyromania. MTV argued that Beavis and Butthead come on late in the evening, usually after 10 PM. At that time of night, what the child was watching should have been being monitored because most shows that are on that late at night are intended for more mature