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Yes. 20 44.44%
No. 4 8.89%
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Old 08-02-2008   #21
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There's a lot to moan about.

I'm close to outta here anyway so enjoy my moaning while it's frequent. Just need to set bearings.. easier said than done, I guess.
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Old 08-02-2008   #22
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yes it does alot !?! that is where they get most of there style and crap bye!?!
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Old 08-06-2008   #23
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Of course TV affects children -- and not just them, but many other people that watch it -- be it the elderly, adults, teenagers... it doesn't affect every single person, but it does affect lots of children and the actions they choose to make. Unfortunately, most of these actions shouldn't be repeated (such as the "stunt devil" type) and parents should teach their children not to do those things, but it does happen.

I think the reason for this is because when they see something on a TV show they like, they want to try it themselves, especially if their friends -- or themselves -- find it impressive or cool or whatever. They want to see if they can pull it off themselves. Also, children often have favorite celebrities and/or cartoon characters that they admire and so they imitate the things they do. Also, let's not forget commercials... created in a way that affects your thinking -- designed to catch your eye and get you thinking "oh, I need this" or "if I don't look like that girl, I won't be liked". This is true for many commercials. Just look at hair commercials or commercials about make-up. There's always a flawless girl with shiny, perfect hair and she's using the product that's being advertised. Some people that watch may think, "I need this so I can be pretty like that girl!" or something along those lines. They may not ADMIT that it affected them in that way, but it probably did.

The same goes for the "comparison" commercials. The person who doesn't (or hasn't) used the product advertised is often sad, poorly dressed and not liked -- this happens in commercials for kids. It's basically telling them that people will shun them or be disrespectful if they don't have the product -- the creators of the commercials know what kids fear and like, so they use that as a tool to affect their thinking. "If I don't have those new back-to-school clothes, I'll look plain and everyone will laugh at me. But just look at the other kid... she has new clothes and looks stylish, and they even have Hannah Montana! Everyone likes her. I need those." I've seen this happen in my house where there's a commercial on, and every single time it finished, one of my sisters would announce, "I hope Mommy buys that for me on Christmas!" So yes, it definitely affects them, even their wants and needs.

Another thing. Have you ever went to school and heard a song you saw on TV being sang by every other student? Especially if it's on a show like Mad TV or Chappelle's Show. I remember he would tell certain jokes (Dave Chappelle, that is) and the kids at school would repeat them and take his views. The material they viewed affected them so much that they took on the attitude and view and brought it to school with them the next day.

Many things on TV are made to look stylish and appealing to the viewers because it's designed to do that. Children are often easily amused and anything that looks nice to them or impresses them -- they want it. And as I've mentioned before, the stunts impress them and unfortunately, they copy what they see. I still think the parents are responsible for teaching their children better, however. That way the children won't be swayed so easily by everything that looks or sounds nice. Looks can be deceiving. Not everything is what it seems. When I would babysit a few years back, there was a few kids that would sit down and watch what was on TV. Their mom didn't care what they watched (or said, for that matter) so once they were done watching Family Guy (a funny show, if you don't try to imitate everything and just enjoy it for entertainment), they were swearing up a storm. They kicked people the way they saw on the show and they imitated the swearing -- ALL DAY. It drove me nuts. When their mother got home, she didn't care, of course, the children were allowed to swear and copy anything they saw.

Which isn't very healthy at all. They could end up doing something stupid or dangerous. Television isn't a guide book instructing you on your life and it certainly isn't something that should substitute parenting.
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Old 08-06-2008   #24
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I agree with Nicole, childeren aren't only affected, but other people, too.

When I was watching Oprah, there were these kids, and they though it was cool to hang themselves, and when they woke up, they felt a rush. They thought it was fun to do it, and it wasn't from T.V., so the swearing and the other things they do is not just from T.V.. They get it from the people around them. T.V. affects kids that want attention, a lot. They copy what they see for attention, and kids copy what they see on T.V. to be cool, also. They think that if they do it, people will like them. It reminds me of the Fairly Odd Parents episode when Timmy copied everything he saw. He was doing all the stupid things.

Kids copy things that kids got off of T.V., sometimes. They pass it on. They said that they saw on T.V. somewhere to scratch the ABCs on their hand over and over and it leaves a scar on your hand. I'm not sure if the rumor of it coming from T.V. was true, but it was really stupid of the kids to copy it. I think parents should sit down with their children and tell them that copying everything that they see is not okay.

Originally Posted by sugartastic

The same goes for the "comparison" commercials. The person who doesn't (or hasn't) used the product advertised is often sad, poorly dressed and not liked -- this happens in commercials for kids. It's basically telling them that people will shun them or be disrespectful if they don't have the product -- the creators of the commercials know what kids fear and like, so they use that as a tool to affect their thinking. "If I don't have those new back-to-school clothes, I'll look plain and everyone will laugh at me. But just look at the other kid... she has new clothes and looks stylish, and they even have Hannah Montana! Everyone likes her. I need those." I've seen this happen in my house where there's a commercial on, and every single time it finished, one of my sisters would announce, "I hope Mommy buys that for me on Christmas!" So yes, it definitely affects them, even their wants and needs.
I hate that. =__=;; Just because people don't have it doesn't mean that they are dumb, and should be laughed at.

I think T.V. affects kids in good ways and bad ways.. Like if a kid watchs a commercial or a show showing morals and what not to do and lessons being learned, that helps. If someone sneaks out of the house on a show, and the kid sees that there is punishments and it won't help, they won't try to ever do it. T.V. could help kids or make them really stupid, either way, it affects them.
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Originally Posted by Mewmewkitten
I think T.V. affects kids in good ways and bad ways.. Like if a kid watchs a commercial or a show showing morals and what not to do and lessons being learned, that helps. If someone sneaks out of the house on a show, and the kid sees that there is punishments and it won't help, they won't try to ever do it. T.V. could help kids or make them really stupid, either way, it affects them.
I think that TV teaches children 'good' morals is frightening. For one, the endlessly rehashed moral storylines are wrong in many cases (not everyone has great parents that they can talk to all the time), but... the TV is teaching children what's good and what's not! It's a box in the corner of the room, folks, controlled by people we'll probably never meet with priorities we'll probably never fully know, this is NOT what we should be relying on to raise children, for better or for worse.

I disagree with a lot of the morals expressed in such programs. Like I said before, the things you'll learn will (pretty much all of the time, it has to be said) not work, and they also encourage things I disagree with. Sometimes, and if you're shocked by this you've watched too much Hannah Montana, it's okay (even good) to lie to your parents. Sometimes your parents won't understand. Sometimes, things are far more complex than the imaginations of script-writers, and things aren't all put right at the end.

Luckily, most people seem to at least partially realise this by the time they get to late teens.

Now... I'm going to be a bit nationalist here. I think British kids/teens programs are far better than ones from the 'States. Think back to the Biker Grove (a teenage drama/soap, for those who don't know) gay kiss, first of its kind on kids TV. That's an example of a cutting edge storyline. Something with complexity to it, without a conclusion you could see a mile off. Something that provokes thought in the viewer rather than just injecting morality into their brains. Even Tracy Beaker was a program with characters with DEPTH to them, something interesting.

But, sadly, that seems to be a dying breed of programs.
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i think there ought to be less children on television, definitely
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Old 08-07-2008   #27
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bythe way the poll-thingy is too ambigous? "choices" of what???

consumer choices? they dont spend millions of dollars in advertising for nothing and i can tell you first hand that Helliki asks for practically anything she likes that shes the commercial for...

life choices? please specify more clearly
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Old 08-07-2008   #28
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Originally Posted by neoeno
I think that TV teaches children 'good' morals is frightening. For one, the endlessly rehashed moral storylines are wrong in many cases (not everyone has great parents that they can talk to all the time), but... the TV is teaching children what's good and what's not! It's a box in the corner of the room, folks, controlled by people we'll probably never meet with priorities we'll probably never fully know, this is NOT what we should be relying on to raise children, for better or for worse.

I disagree with a lot of the morals expressed in such programs. Like I said before, the things you'll learn will (pretty much all of the time, it has to be said) not work, and they also encourage things I disagree with. Sometimes, and if you're shocked by this you've watched too much Hannah Montana, it's okay (even good) to lie to your parents. Sometimes your parents won't understand. Sometimes, things are far more complex than the imaginations of script-writers, and things aren't all put right at the end.

Luckily, most people seem to at least partially realise this by the time they get to late teens.

Now... I'm going to be a bit nationalist here. I think British kids/teens programs are far better than ones from the 'States. Think back to the Biker Grove (a teenage drama/soap, for those who don't know) gay kiss, first of its kind on kids TV. That's an example of a cutting edge storyline. Something with complexity to it, without a conclusion you could see a mile off. Something that provokes thought in the viewer rather than just injecting morality into their brains. Even Tracy Beaker was a program with characters with DEPTH to them, something interesting.

But, sadly, that seems to be a dying breed of programs.
Some things are good for children to watch. I didn't say that the television should replace parents. If your parents don't teach you what and what not to do, that's a loss for you, and if they don't talk to your about what's bad, they you should ask them before you do things. I think some things are just common sense. Just like you aren't supposed to climb out the window to go see some friends.

I don't watch Hannah Montana. It is another Disney show. Disney and Nick went down the toilet. Hannah Montana lies to you. You cannot be what you want to be. That's a lie. Some people can't be a certain job because they can't get a good education. Either because it is out of the person's range for money or they just can't learn with out special education. Some jobs require education that people can't afford and that just proves that you can't be what you want to be, Hannah Montana teaches you nothing.

Some shows teach you something. Like Boondocks, some of the episodes teach you things. Eve if it doesn't seem like it does. Not every episode teaches something good, though.

Oh, and I am really bothered by it, so I'll say it. Realize is spelled with a "z". ;;
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Originally Posted by Mewmewkitten
Oh, and I am really bothered by it, so I'll say it. Realize is spelled with a "z". ;;
That rather depends where you live.
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Old 08-07-2008   #30
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I spell realise as... well, "realise". Firefox is trying to correct it, but that's just the way I spelled it. And ha, I knew it wasn't completely wrong! XD I hate when I spell it like that and people correct me.

Edit: Rofl, I just saw a commercial that was for new clothes and it said something like "don't end up looking a dork this school year" or something... disgusting. ;|
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