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Television and Children:   The effect of television on children
June 3, 2012
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Television and Children:   The effect of television on children

Children have been exposed to television ever since the 1950s, by the 1970s television was a constant figure in the day to day life of children which have had profound effects on them both negative and positive.   Television is a form of entertainment for children, if not done in moderation the effect of television on a child brain can be dangerous and permanent.

Television (TV) have been the first teacher for most children, they enter the world of TV years before they enter the school system.   Majority of kids are exposed to television before they are even 12 months of age which could have permanent effect on the child development.

Research has shown that American children spent about 3 to 4 hours a day in front of the television. “Television is a one-way street. According to Nielsen statistics, children between the ages of 2-5 years typically spend approximately 21.8 hours each week watching television. That works out to approximately three hours each day, or 25 percent of their time awake.” (David Perlmutter). If parent and caretakers do not regulate television viewing of children, they will have spent more hours watching television that they would have spent in the classroom which may influence their performance through the school years (The American Academy of Pediatrics) (AAP).  
Prolong television viewing have had both positive and negative influence on the brain development of children between the ages 0 to preteen.   Some of the positive influence on children is as follow: study have shown that TV viewing between the ages of three to five has help reading scores improve slightly (University of Michigan health system).   TV viewing can be informative to children. They can learn things about their history and back ground, environment, how to solve problems and is some cases...