Although all this sounds bad the problem can be fixed by simply eliminating the time spent watching so much television and providing the children with more creative things to do.Some examples of creative things that children can do in place of watching television are painting, reading books, acting out stories with puppets, dancing, and getting them to interact with other children their own age in a safe and positive way.
Research Showing Negative Effects There has been much research done on the effects watching television can have on children.There are several methods of research that have been conducted to prove the effects of television.These research methods include surveys, observations, and case studies.Many thought that letting children watch television would make them smarter, but it only made them more violent and have less creativity and imagination.Breaking the cycle of violence begins with children learning to interact with each other in positive Television and Children 3 ways and with little or no violence.This paper will attempt to describe different research projects that demonstrate the effects of television on children. When one thinks about the effects of television on children, the first thing that comes to mind is the violence that is freely shown on many channels.However, there are other things on the television besides the violence that can affect a child's behavior.Some of these steps include: " television channels and Internet services and sites which report the news 24 hours a day, television channels broadcasting live events as they are unfolding, in "real time," increased reporting of the details of the private lives of public figures and role models, pressure to get news to the public as part of the competitive nature of the entertainment industry, and detailed and repetitive visual coverage of natural disasters and violent acts." (Children and the News). No one can turn on the television without seeing some form of violence.Even innocent programs such as children's cartoons and PBS have violent scenes.They see the good guys doing these things and think that it is appropriate.In schools, teachers have noticed the difference between children who watch television excessively and those who don't watch television any time.