For, example no parent would allow their children to play with fire, as they are aware of the consequences. However this same parent will give their kids inhibited admittance to the TV. But why is this the case? More often than not it is because the TV works for them as more effective babysitter, allowing them to attend to other matters. Others however have no freeness of speech in this area because they are also yet to set a good example in this matter.
But do not mistake me; television can have some instructing, informative and entertaining benefit. But it can also have a corrupting influence on children’s behavior. Negative attitudes that can develop are aggression, vehemence and moral breakdown. In fact the newspaper El Universal reports that “Cartoons and video games influence the behavior of 6- to 12-year-old children more than school, since they spend up to 38 hours a week watching TV as opposed to 23 hours in the classroom”.
Another researcher Omar Torreblanca made this observation, “kids apply in their daily life what they learn every day from TV but not what they learn at school, since they consider school as just an obligation.” For example, a South African newspaper reported that once Shaka Zulu, a television series hit the screen it caused the spear and shield to be revered by South Africa’s youths.
It said that “Both black and white boys—and girls—are crazy with the new game” of acting out the TV series Shaka Zulu. How? “Groups of young boys and girls ‘attack’ each other with make-do spears and cardboard shields the same way the actors do.” The result is a growing list of injured people. Regarding the effects of TV violence on today’s youths, one official noted: “As they grow to adulthood they will have been trained to be society’s Shakas and Rambos.”Therefore, it cannot be denied that TV has a major influence in children lives. That is why it is prudent to keep their TV under control so that it does not affect them negatively.
The earlier such program is introduced, the easier it will be adopted and have a more lasting impact on their young minds. Organize trips to the parks, regular family outings which children can enjoy and learn. This will make withdrawal symptoms of less TV viewing less painful, contribute to better mental development, health, and improve ability to interact with other children.