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Television is constantly being criticised as being bad for children One of the first arguments to come up is the effect that violent TV has on children It is a valid argument as most of the time TV violence begs for imitation because violence is demonstrated and promoted as a fun and effective way to get what you want Many violent acts are perpetrated by the good guys whom children have been taught to emulate Adding to the lure of imitation is TVs freedom from restraint Children are taught by their parents that its not right to hit but television says its OK to bite hit or kick if youre the good guy And even the bad guys on TV are rarely held responsible or punished for their actions The images children absorb also can leave them traumatized and vulnerable According to research children ages 2 to 7 are particularly frightened by fantastic scary-looking things like grotesque monsters Simply telling children that those images arent real wont console them because they cant yet distinguish between fantasy and reality Another problem with television is that it turns our children into potatoes According to the American Academy of Paediatrics AAP there is a link between excessive TV watching and obesity - a significant health problem today Children are inactive and tend to snack while watching TV and they are bombarded with advertising messages that encourage them to eat unhealthy foods such as potato chips and cookies that often become preferred snack foods There are of course several other arguments against television - that it reinforces gender roles as well as racial stereotypes and so forth A lot of the time however the positive effects that television has on children are overlooked In this essay I shall flipping the proverbial coin and take a look at the constructive effects of television During the ages of three to six years children learn and acquire important social skills and values
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