7. Have foreign influences had more positive or negative effects on youth in the UAE?

Topics: Television, Psychology, Violence Pages: 5 (689 words) Published: September 28, 2014


Ms. A. Student
Research Proposal
University College
Zayed University,
Abu Dhabi

COL 240

As a topic for my research on the COL 240 course, I have chosen to focus on television and its effects on young children. In many households, the television seems to remain on for much of the afternoon and evening, and some families seem to impose very few limits on their children’s viewing. Young nephews and nieces of mine frequently imitate what they see on the TV screen. This has made me curious about the other possible effects, both positive and negative, of extended exposure to television at a young age with little or no supervision. It would seem that children in the west are exposed to television for extended periods from a very young age. Haeri and Kelly (2012) claim that, in the US, 9 out of every ten children under the age of two are regular television viewers. Other statistics claim that almost 40% of American under-fours live in homes where the TV remains on when nobody is actively watching (Vandewater et al, 2005). This overexposure to television may have a number of effects, many of them negative, on young children. Some experts point out that programs designed for children contain a considerable amount of violence and that there would seem to be a connection between exposure to violent television and aggressive behaviour in children (Eastman, 2004). Another issue which is highlighted by some researchers is the possibility that television can be addictive. Some experts now believe that the colourful, fast-moving programs currently available to children may affect dopamine levels in the brain, possibly leading to addiction (Haeri and Kelly, 2012). Finally, some experts point to a link between cognitive and educational development and television. Heavy exposure to television may be linked to poor reading skills (Vandewater et al, 2005). Anderson and Pempeck (2005) point out that language and cognitive development can suffer, particularly in children under 2, in houses which allow unrestricted television viewing. Some sources now seem to recommend that the under-twos should have no access to television (Haeri and Kelly, 2012; Anderson and Pempeck, 2005). It has also been pointed out that television viewing can have positive outcomes for the over-twos where parents carefully control what their children watch join in their TV viewing (Eastman, 2004: Haeri and Kelly, 2012). Based on my current research, my working thesis is that television viewing should be limited and monitored for young children, and possibly eliminated completely for the under-twos. However, there are a number of areas which I will need to investigate further in preparation for writing my paper. The possible negative effects on language and cognitive development are very relevant to my research and I would like to find further sources related to this area. I would also like to investigate any possible link between physical health issues such as obesity and excessive television viewing. Finally, the possible positive effects of television merit further investigation. Anderson and Pempek (2005) mention that some educational programs can have a positive effect on the development of children over the age of two. This and other possible positive effects are relevant to my research. 514 words

References
Anderson, D. and Pempek, T. (2005) Television and Very Young Children. The American Behavioral Scientist, 48(5), 505-522 Eastman, W. (2004) Beginnings and Beyond; The Relationship Between Television Violence and Neurodevelopment of Young Children. College Quarterly 7(3) Haeri, S. and Kelly, S. (2012) Warning to cut TV for young children. Retrieved from BBC News; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9768896.stm Vandewater, E., Bickham, D., Lee, J., Cummings, H., Wartella, E. and Rideout, V. (2005) When the Television Is Always On: Heavy Exposure and Young Children’s...

References: Anderson, D. and Pempek, T. (2005) Television and Very Young Children. The American Behavioral Scientist, 48(5), 505-522
Eastman, W. (2004) Beginnings and Beyond; The Relationship Between Television Violence and Neurodevelopment of Young Children. College Quarterly 7(3)
Haeri, S. and Kelly, S. (2012) Warning to cut TV for young children. Retrieved from BBC News; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/click_online/9768896.stm
Vandewater, E., Bickham, D., Lee, J., Cummings, H., Wartella, E. and Rideout, V. (2005) When the Television Is Always On: Heavy Exposure and Young Children’s Development, The American Behavioral Scientist, 48(5), 562-577
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