He ties his towel around his neck and jumps off the sofa and then says, “Look mommy, I am superman”. You first reaction is how cute, but upon reflection you realize that this behavior will lead to other daring and unsafe deeds. Where did the desire to fly come from? As you ask the question, you remember the marathon of Superman movies your child viewed last week. Television imagery stays with your child and can influence his behavior.
Watching too much TV distorts a child’s reality. Sitting at a screen and taking in imagery after imagery of a pretend world distorts a child’s thinking. What this means for the child is a willingness to try to fly like Superman and do the many suggestive behavior observed that appeals to their psychological or emotional needs.
Experts support that aggressive behavior in children comes from a constant exposure to violent movies, shows, series, video games and or commercials. Repeatedly watching of actors hurting each other with guns, sharp objects, and body parts become a part of a child’s mental programing. Consequently, this built up aggression must have outlet and will manifest in leaping from furniture, physical altercation with other kids, and open defiance.
Sexual behavior of young adults, boys and girls, manifests at an early age when they watch too much television per day. Contingent to the viewing program, this imaginary world in TV land provides suggestive sexual conduct and perverseness. Girls watching soap opera are more likely to get pregnant because they do not fully grasp that engaging in sex without some type of protection will result in pregnancy.
The most blatant evidence of the outcome of television on children’s behavior is the depictions of commercials. It is only after children become more cognizant of the images on TV that they can make decisions on what they would like to see. The toy industry acknowledging the willfulness of children and parents’ desire to meet their children’s needs creates commercials that grab both parties’ attention in the promotion of their products. Therefore, when Christmas comes around children due to these skilled advertisements will provide their parents with a long list of desired toys.
Television has become a constant in our lives, one in every household, that many are desensitized to its powerful sway. Many deny that television-watching impacts lives; they are convinced that as they walk up and down the aisles in grocery and department stores that the items in their basket were not there because of what they viewed on television. That the toys most sort after by their children have nothing to do with what they saw on television. Read more about this media discussion and decide whether television influences.
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