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Researchers and Statistics

 Watching TV is bad for children.

 Some children watch too much TV
 Children under two should not be allowed to watch any TV.  Older children should watch no more than two hours a day.  Each hour in front of the TV increased a child's chances of attention deficit disorder

by 10%.

 The study of 1,345 children showed three hours TV a day made children 30% more

likely to have the disorder.

 TV can cause the developing mind to experience unnatural levels of stimulation.

Young children under age 8…

 Often believe in magical and supernatural creatures and


 Can be swayed by how things appear rather than how

things really are.

 Generally judge characters or actions as “real” simply due

to observing through TV‟s “magic window”.

 Readily imitate violent cartoon characters.

Young children who view too much media violence…..

 Begin to see violence as

an acceptable way of :

Resolving conflict
Using physical/verbal abuse

 May become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of


 May see others as “enemies”, rather than like themselves.  Natural anxieties may be magnified.

Development that may be affected
 Motor development- the acquisition of skills involving movement.  Physical development- body proportions.  Neurological development- changes that are going on in their brains.  Cognitive development- their ability to reason change over time. Moral development- how does their background affect them.  Language development- speech  Social development- interaction  Sex-role development- learning about their gender.

Effects of TV, Video Games, & Music
 Children between the ages of 6

and 12 still have a lot of development to go through.

 Children today are influenced by so

many different things.

 Television can influence our   

children in many ways. These ways can be both (+) & (-). Children watch 25 hours per week or 3 ½ hours a day. It can affect children‟s ideas about body image and gender identity. Reading comprehension and child obesity are affected.

 98% of American homes

have at least 1 TV
 Children 3-11 watch 3-4

hours of TV per day
 Boys watch more than girls

Effects of Television

 Watching a carefully

 Today‟s children create

constructed educational TV show that is age appropriate helps school age children in pre-reading skills.

an image of what they think their bodies should look like from what is on television.  This contributes to teen girls being dissatisfied with their looks.

 “South Park,” and “Beavis and
Butthead” are just a few programs that have bad messages.

 MTV has several additional

programs that have been under fire.


The „‟American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry‟‟ point out some good points about television and violence. Extensive viewing of television violence causes greater aggressiveness. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness. Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see. Children with emotional, behavioral, learning or impulse control problems may be more easily influenced by TV violence. The impact of TV violence may be immediately evident in the child's behavior or may surface years later.


 Music is a way to inform the

 Music has evolved from

relaxing to more of a negative nature.
 Technology was evolved, it‟s

very rare to not see children with their MP3 players, Ipods, or cell phones.
 Music is a part of their

everyday life.


 Music introduces all different

kinds of cultures to our children.  Music gives children a way to express their emotions and feelings.  Music helps children cope with daily stresses and helps them deal with stresses from peers.
 It gives children a calmness that

lets them dream and have hopes.

 lyrics of some teen music:  Advocate and glamorize the abuse of drugs or alcohol  Present suicide as a "solution"  Display graphic violence  Dwell on the occult with Satanism and human sacrifice  Describe harmful sexual practices, incest, and a devaluing of women (2)

Music- ways to prevent the effects
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Expose children to a broad range of music from an early age. Be knowledgeable about the lyrics of your children's music. Younger children, be explicit about your family's values and what you will and will not allow your child to listen to. Older children, keep lines of communication open; ask why they enjoy this music. Set limits on where they can play it. Heavy metal music is not in itself cause for alarm, but if other isolating and risk factors emerge in your child's life, seek professional help. Encourage use of earplugs at rock concerts. Explain the effects of loud music on hearing.

How Video games affect our kids
 With the technology evolving

they have turned into very graphic games.

The games also have become more hostile and disrespectful then ever.

Video games

 Video game playing introduces

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children to computer technology. Games can give practice in following directions. Some games provide practice in problem solving and logic. Games can provide practice in use of fine motor and spatial skills. Games can provide occasions for parent and child to play together. Players are introduced to information technology. Some games have therapeutic applications with patients.

 Over-dependence on video games

could foster social isolation, as they are often played alone.  Practicing violent acts may contribute more to aggressive behavior than passive television watching. Studies do find a relationship between violent television watching and behavior.  Game environments are often based on plots of violence, aggression and gender bias.  Many games only offer an arena of weapons, killings, kicking, stabbing and shooting.

Ways to monitor Video game effects
 Make sure you limit the

time your children are playing video games.  Make sure they are playing age appropriate games.  Read the labels on the games from the advisory board.  Keep an open relationship with your kids so you know what they are playing.


Four Long–Term Effects of Viewing Violence

Most people do not become violent when they watch violence. But they may be affected in these ways.
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Aggressor Effect Victim Effect Bystander Effect Appetite Effect

TV Tips to reduce Violence

 Plan family viewing – give children a choice to watch  Remove the TV from a child‟s bedroom  Offer other options – play games, read, be creative and  

active. Be informed about program ratings and content Watch with children and talk about the programs Point out that real violence results in pain or death Change the channel or turn off the TV when offensive material comes on. Explain why.

Be a wise consumer.
Watch programs and play video games with the child, and discuss what is seen. Monitor and limit access to violent programs and games. Explain why they are harmful.

Select programs and games that promote problem solving, cooperation and learning.

What parents can do...

Talk to your children. explain to them what they are seeing/experiencing. watch at least one episode of the programs that your children watch. outright ban any programs that are too offensive. limit viewing hours.

encourage child to spend time on sports hobbies or with their friends.
draw up enjoyable activities.


 “ We are living in an

advertising-saturated, media intense environment. I think it’s fair to say that we are conducting a big experiment on our kids except that parents have not given their consent.” Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton

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