What are the harmful effects of television?

Too much T.V is BAD??? - Television is bad for your brain.
@sutan74 (1113)
Philippines
May 6, 2007 11:43am CST
My kids and I love watching T.V. although they're watching cartoons, I've noticed that they are imitating the actions of the characters on T.V. Sometimes they're playing so rough that one of them gets hurt. Or it would come to a point that they would argue and quarrel, on what started as a joke or them just kidding around. Does watching T.V has this effect on children nowadays????
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
6 May 07
In my opinion, it depends on the programs the kids watch. If it is just kidding around, I would not be concerned as they are just kids. However, if they do pick up bad habits or bad thinking, I will ban them from watching the program. It is just a matter of imposing a bit of control on the programs they watch. However, some times kids may not just pick up these from tv, they picked it up from the family, neighbours, friends and even in school.
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• Philippines
6 May 07
it is true that children can get their influence from many sources. yet it is still good that parents have a say in these children. if the kids are used to listening to and taking heed of the parents discipline and advises, they will still grow up to be good ones.
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@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
6 May 07
Yes I agree with both of you...
@howhigh (758)
• Canada
6 May 07
I think the biggest thing about TV is that its so entertaining you forget what else is. Kids love tv, I would rather watch them wrestle instead of sit quickly glued to the television.. at least fighting is active and imaginative. The trick is to get them to do that without ever involving the TV. Its a big ruse.. and its very easy to control the kids by throwing them there. My mom never let me watch power rangers or the simpsons until i made a fuss.. she thought it was innarporiate.. i think kids learn so much from school that TV isn't going to change them much. Maybe they will act out some fights.. but only because the TV gave them context not because they didn't want to fight or wrestle some other way
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@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Thanks for sharing...
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
6 May 07
Kids are fast learner and can imitate anything they see. Even if they hear a bad language spoken, they will imitate it. We all know cartoons are for kids, but there are cartoons that are not suitable for kids viewing so be careful.
@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
6 May 07
Yes, some cartoons are violent. Parents just haven't noticed it because it's cartoons. We really need to monitor and guide our kids on what they are watching.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
6 May 07
TV can be a very positive thing when channels such as animal planet or the discovery channel is watched. But when they are exposed to a steady diet of violence then it becomes a bad influence. Really they would be better off reading. Though we do watch some TV my grandkids do a lot of reading even at the age of 18 . some one said something about the power rangers I hated those and the turtles. They both seemed so senseless to me. My grandkids were limited on watching them.. My grandson wants to see the new one that out now at 18 I would have thought he would have out grown them.
@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
7 May 07
It's a good thing my eldest always watch National Geographic coz his younger brothers are now watching it with him. They really learn so many things in this channel.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
7 May 07
Yes they learn what they are exposed to the most.
• Philippines
7 May 07
have you seen the SON OF THE MASK??? did u see the part where the child was watching tv??? and he gives the actions he sees in the tv to his father??? hheheh...
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@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Yes, my kids laugh so hard at that part. It's a good thing they can't morph like the mask... or else...LOL
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
7 May 07
Hi Sutan, Yes well it is sometimes bad the effects of the television on our children this is a fact, yes the television can be very bad regarding our children I think that it is best just to watch about an hour a day and that is that no matter what the children say as mainly they are influenced in the wrong way.
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• Philippines
6 May 07
television has bad effects on children. this is true. this is also the reason why there is a need for parental guidance for those children who are watching the shows in their fun time. it is normal for kids to copy the actions that they see and the language that they hear therein is bound to come out of their mouths, too. parents will have to be quick to reprimand the kids and to remind them of what is proper and right and to correct wrong attitudes that adapt from watching different shows.
@fritzie (141)
• Philippines
7 May 07
my nephews and neices back home as well are doing that.they imitate lots of characters. not just cartoon characters but also heroic characters. they're so much fun to look at. sometimes though its pretty not ok cause they're overdoing it. sometimes as well when you call them to eat lunch or some meal, they no longer listen to you cause they're to engrossed with the tv.
@sutan74 (1113)
• Philippines
7 May 07
Yah, my kids are like that too. Have to call them many times to get their attention.
@ututen (139)
• Philippines
16 May 07
i guess its our role to monitor what they are watching to avoid bad effect on our children,we must always reming them that they should not watch a tv with violent show
@tina12679 (1126)
• United States
16 May 07
It all depends on which cartoon they are allowed to watch. I try to tune to the channel that has Blues Clues, Dora, Diego,Backyardigans,Max and Ruby, those are all safe cartoons for kids to watch Spongebob square pants isnt too bad either but i have a hard time even listening to that show. The harmfull effect of watching too much tv is eyesight and not getting enough exercise not very sociable things like that. I would say just try to find a channel that has not so violent cartoons on it and let them watch them instead.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
16 May 07
ya even some cartoons are way out of line for the real young
@tulips9 (55)
• India
7 May 07
watching T.V has both its pros and cons.. childeren un intentionally enact elders at home.. and some thimes they also tend to imiitate the characters in the tv because the characters in the tv facies them so they woulld like to be the protoganist and lead the role.. so it may cause few childern to behave rude.. so now a days parental guidence is very important in watching tv
@musu112 (528)
• United States
7 May 07
Well, I think personally there are no harmful effects of watching tv until and unless its being watched in excess of time and an odd hours of our routine. If watching TV hours are being set for children according to their daily routine and fix the timings to watch then I hope its being manageable and harmless.
@JackBravo (970)
• United States
7 May 07
I think it stimulates alpha waves or something like that and doesn't allow you to think as aproperly. I"m not sure, but there are hundreds of articles on the internet about it. Ther's also a lot of research with kids and tv and violence.
@shinjiao (1464)
• China
7 May 07
Every coin has two sides. On the one hand,kids can know the world through T.V. set.Some experts believe that kids can be smart if they often watch T.V.program.On the other hand, not all the shows on T.V. are suitable for children.Some shows or cartoons or movies are violent and bloody,but kids can imitate these actions easily. Another harmful effect of television is that T.V.set makes people lazy. People are used to putting themselves into sofa and enjoying pop-corns or other smacks.So day by day,their weight are increasing.
• India
7 May 07
watching tv has s its pros and cons .....we cannot say that tv is the only thing that influences children
• United States
7 May 07
Some of the effects of tv is the breakdown of family life .. Communication is almost nothing when the tv is on; thus, we see families where children never speak to parents: they go to their rooms where they have their own tv. Parents then wonder why their children don't listen!+
@wonderful1 (2076)
• China
7 May 07
For children, parents should limit the T.V. programms for them. They are too young to know what is good. And they are more interested in strange things on T.V. programms. Parents should choose some good programms for their children. I heard some young criminals who committed crimes followed some bad films and computer games. Many films and online big games have bad effect on children. Because they contain too much bad things. And young children have no ability to refuse them. So it is not only the parents' business but also the society's.
• India
7 May 07
U are fool. Watching TV continuously is very bad. U should not allow ur children to watch TV. Unless u stop watching u cant stop ur children. Tv is ur family enimy. U should throw it away It will spoil ur children's future. Ur children will become cartoons some day . The impact of TV serials on childrens mind is very very bad. All characters and concepts shown on tv are away from reality.
• India
7 May 07
U are fool. Watching TV continuously is very bad. U should allow ur children to watch TV. Unless u stop watching u cant stop ur children. Tv is ur family enimy. U should throw it away It will spoil ur children's future. Ur children will become cartoons some day . The impact of TV serials on childrens mind is very very bad. All characters and concepts shown on tv are away from reality.