Over the last decade, television has become firmly engrained in the daily life of children. Television tends to affect today’s society with both positive and negative viewpoints. Aside from the entertainment that television provides, there has been an extreme growth in learning and developmental programs available to children. As a result of these learning programs, televisions have proven to be somewhat beneficial. On the other hand, television can become an addictive tool and present disadvantages to children, such as physical and psychological effects. According to an article posted on Kids Health from Nemours, How TV Affects Your Child, “The first 2 years of life are considered to be a critical time for brain development.” The article goes on to say, “TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.” (Kids Health-For Parents, 2011) These learning programs, as well as certain cartoons, have been produced to maintain some form of balance between the advantages and disadvantages of watching television. These examples are learning new languages, listening skills, arithmetic reasoning, safety precautions, and sharing. Watching cultural programs, such as the History and Discovery channels, are also great resources to help instill better life qualities in children. These channels allow children to explore new worlds and cultures that they may have limited access to in their everyday lives. In addition, these educational programs also allow children to stay current with events that are taking place locally, as well as around the world. Television also provides children, as well as adults, with real-time and up-to-date information on situations that may be about to occur or take place in the near future. Cartoons, along with animated programs have also proven to play a valuable role in a child’s progression. Most...
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