Yourwellness Investigates the Surge in TV Popularity’s Effect on Kids

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With recent reports that Britons are watching more television programmes than ever before, Yourwellness Magazine asked its readers if all this TV has a bad effect on children.

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At a young age I decided I wanted to be a chemist after watching science programmes on TV and my youngest daughter has started singing lessons after watching television talent shows.

Some experts suggest that children under the age of 12 should watch no more than one hour of television a day, but with more and more people watching television on their laptops and tablets, is that possible in a TV-saturated world? With a recent report even claiming that the TV epidemic is so bad that people now watch television when on the toilet, Yourwellness Magazine asked its readers if it was possible to tear children away from the box, and if not doing so might be bad for them in the long-run.

Reader Patrick argued that television is a great tool for educating and inspiring children, noting that TV can introduce children to wide range of new cultures, subjects, and even hobbies, which no other medium can quite manage to pull off. “At a young age I decided I wanted to be a chemist after watching science programmes on TV and my youngest daughter has started singing lessons after watching television talent shows.” He added that if children view inappropriate behaviour, parents should seize it as an opportunity to teach them why it is wrong.

However, for Elizabeth, talent shows are inundated with sexual outfits and dance routines and many other programmes contain a level of bad language and violence that is simply inappropriate for children to be privy to. “In our household, we only switch the television on when there is a programme that we particularly want to watch. This avoids the temptation to sit in front of it hour after hour and means that we socialise as a family instead.” She also noted that studies show children who watch too much television struggle to do healthier activities, such as exercise, playing with friends and doing their schoolwork, and they’re more likely to develop attention deficit disorders.

So is watching TV bad for children? Visit the gateway to living well, http://www.yourwellness.com to vote.

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