Television viewing is a major activity and influence on children and adolescents. Children in the United States watch an average of three to four hours of television a day. By the time of high school graduation, they will have spent more time watching television than they have in the classroom. While television can entertain, inform, and keep our children company, it may also influence them in undesirable ways." (AACAP, 2001, p. 1)
Even though parents are conscious that the media can affect their children, nearly all of them don't realize how severe it is actually becoming. While television has developed and is now one of our most valuable ways of communication, it also has horrible consequences of being able to negatively affect and corrupt people. This will examine both sides of this problem, focusing on the effects of a particular mass medium, television, on a particular group of society, children. It will also examine studies that try to show both the positive and negative affects on children. television has played a pivotal role in the socialization of the 20th and 21st centuries. There are many aspects of television that can be addressed, including media violence research. In 2010 the iPlayer incorporated a social media aspect to its internet television service, including Facebook and Twitter. Other devices that allow interactivity such as the Apple TV, Google TV and Chromecast, have made possible for users to access content through the internet on their TVs and log in social media websites like Youtube. Also, the use of the television for video games, especially games such as the Wii, has contributed to a growing kinaesthetic connection between television and viewers.
Children are mainly exposed to television, television violence and television culture at home. Thus parents play a vital role in helping children to make sense of what they see on the television. These days television influences the lives of young children and it...
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