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Children and TV Children and adolesences spend almost 22-28 hours per week watching television This is a sad fact because this is the largest amount of hours spent on any activity in your childs life aside from sleeping Television has a large influence on childrens attitudes ideas and behaviours Teens witness 10000 murders rapes and aggravated assaults per year on TV and four out of five Americans believe that violence on television directly contributes to the way children view violence When children watch TV they see other made up families who deal with their problems different from how anyone else would Children assume that this is how their life should be We should teach out children about the reality of TV because television can affect the way a child acts thinks and feels about different issues such as violence educationmorality and genderracial stereotypes TV glorifies violence and weapons and teaches children that the easiest way of resolving problems is through violence Childrens programs such as Power Rangers or The X-Men portray world-saving heroes that children look up to and admire They assume that if the strong invincible heroes are around the world is a safe place to be where they are free form harm When really they dont understand these characters dont exist and cant save them or the world from those that would hurt them Parents must teach their children that these people are not real dont exist cant save the world that it isnt possible for anyone to do this on their own and that at one time or another everyone needs someones help TV programs such as these shows also can frighten children too They may be frightened by the ugly strong villains We must teach children that all villains are not scary powerful or ugly but they do try to fool people young and old It is very easy for children to lose their own sense of reality while watching shows
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