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View Poll Results: Do you think television affects childrens' choices?

Yes. 20 44.44%
No. 4 8.89%
So-so. 21 46.67%
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Old 07-28-2008   #1
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Default What do you think about TV and children?

This seems like something that many people have an opinion on.

If you do vote on the poll, please explain why you chose that answer.

I'm leaning more towards so-so because, although TV is not telling kids what to do, I believe what they watch can influence their actions. So I half-agree that television affects childrens' choices in more ways that one and it also detaches children from their families (such as they would probably rather eat dinner in front of the TV instead of with their family or they would give up family time for the TV). But I also disagree with it because if the parents do not approve of the shows that are on TV, then there's one simple thing to do: don't let them watch it. It sickens me when parents bitch about how their child's behaviour has drastically changed due to the programming they are watching. I thought parents were supposed to be in control of their children. If they don't like what their kid is watching, get up off your lazy ass and press the power button. :|

Anyways, that's my rant.

Anyone else want to comment? C:
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Old 07-28-2008   #2
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

I voted Yes from personal experience. Before I got the internet I watched a lot of TV. I have a list from when I was 11-13 of television characters that I idolised at the time. That list must have been updated weekly.. But I'm weird, so I'm not basing my overall opinion on TV+kids on that, it just contributes.

I think that escapism is an important part of a child's imagination and creative development, but even since I was a little kid times have changed and I barely ever see kids playing outside like I used to (except I real-life roleplayed TV characters a lot so I'm not sure it counts). It's all digital entertainment now. TV, internet, video games.. Perhaps internet more than TV, but one of the various choices is influencing kids' creative development, which sort of seems to cause a conformist reaction (rofl that sounds more try-hard sciency than I intended) rather than an individualistic one.

If you mean choices like being a bully or being introverted or something though I'm not sure. TV sure could make the bully role seem appealing depending on what you're watching, but I think the general upbringing and interpretation of the same show by the adults in the house/what they think of the behavior as seen as bullying being reflected in the show plays a role.

Funnily enough, my nana and grandad watch TV while eating dinner whereas I will sit and eat at the dinner table. Usually alone. This has recently changed because nana got a TV for the kitchen :|
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Old 07-28-2008   #3
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

This is a very interesting and hotly debated subject in the realms of psychology and sociology.

I've studied this a little myself, and can honestly say that there has been no conclusive research into whether the media has a true affect on child behaviour - then again, what do we mean by behaviour? Do we mean violence? In which case, the research says 'maybe'. It seems to be that if violent behaviour is shown to be gratified by a pleasent response (praise, rewards etc.) then kids are likely to copy; if a negative response is given then they are less likely. If no response is given, or an ambiguous response is given, then the rates of copied behaviour stay pretty much normal.

Behaviour can also mean stuff like eating disorders (yes, media has an effect, but so does other issues like family, genetics and the like), swearing (same as violence)... Overall, media does seem to have an effect on kids, but then again, there are other factors which can affect how easily a child is affected by TV. In my opinion, TV has an effect on kids, but less than the media itself would have us think. Actually, no, that's how I feel about video games (media always uses them as a scapegoat for child violence...) but you know, pretty much applies for TV too.
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

This question I am sure has been asked over and over again.

TV can have good aspects. We can find about countries or people we had no idea about their existence. We see mountins, stars, other planets, ect. We can learn more about history, culture, and politics ect. TV entertains more than leaving 'bad marks.'

Children watch loads of TV. If they are watching the wrong TV Programmes, then they can pick bad things up. Whereas 'good' programmes can help 'better' children.

I think that the 'TV in the bedroom' thing is okay, as long as a parent know what they are watching, and they check up on the children every few hours.

Children learn a lot of what they know off TV, educational programmes help, and that's what kids watch.

There isn't one person who doesn't like TV. Children should continue to be able to watch TV as much as they want under parent supervision. It can't hurt. Especially if the parent is watching and controlling what they watch.

I feel as if I've answered in dribs and drabs lol. Sorry.
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

I voted so-so because children are and can be affected in what they live in to they hear some one cuss they say it two. We can't blame them because they are only doing what helps them.
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

Lol plagiarism. ;|
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

Originally Posted by Lyncheh
Lol plagiarism. ;|
Where?

Is there already a topic like this? D:
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

Originally Posted by harajukulover
Where?

Is there already a topic like this? D:
Google the odd line here and there and you'll see what I mean. ;|
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Default Re: What do you think about TV and children?

Originally Posted by Lyncheh
Google the odd line here and there and you'll see what I mean. ;|
I... I still don't get it.

I'm really dumb sometimes and right now would probably be one of those times. D:
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I googled and found nothing...

Anyway, an important psychological experiment for this subject is The Bobo Doll Experiment. You can find it on wikipedia but it's quite heavy reading, so I found a video. Note, if you want to see a little girl lay into an inflatable doll with a hammer, now's your chance.

A short summary of the experiment: They exposed one group of children to scenes of an adult basically beating up the bobo doll (which stands around 5 foot tall), generally punching it, throwing it, kicking it, verbally abusing it, beating it with a hammer, etc. The other group of children were exposed to scenes of the same adult playing nicely. Note that each child was treated individually so as not to be influenced by the other children.

Both groups of children were then shown to a room with some decent toys in (not the bobo doll), and said "Actually, nope, you can't play with those" just to piss them off a bit. Note that both groups were shown this.

Both groups were then shown into a room with rubbish toys in, say a tea-set, a ball or two, and finally, the bobo doll. The room also included a hammer and a toy gun.

What was found was this: the group who were exposed to the violent behaviour by the adult were far more likely to exhibit violent behaviour towards the bobo doll (I believe none of the children in the control group did, but I might be wrong). What's more, as you'll see in the video, the children exposed to the violent behaviour weren't just copying the actions of the adult. They invented new means of abusing the doll, as well as those they had been shown. You'll see the boy and girl 'fire' the plastic gun at the doll, and the adult never did this. You'll also see the girl beating the doll with another smaller doll, and this again was not shown. What this reveals is that the children pick up the violent attitude, rather than just the actions. They aren't just imitating, they're really getting into it.

Criticisms of this experiment would be... it was still just an experiment, not an actual real-world situation. It's fairly old, which means they might not relate to TV the same way we do. Still, I think this experiment is fairly persuasive.

Anyway, enough of the science, my personal experiences:

My brother is a fairly impressionable young lad, for whatever reason, and my sister is less so. So I can see how it affects different people. My brother most definitely imitates things he sees on TV. To the point that many new words he'll pick up will be pronounced in a USA accent, because the TV he watches is all from the 'states. I find that quite worrying. My brother has effectively been brought up in the USA, and it shows.

My sister watches the teen-girl Disney-made programs. Their influence is more subtle. She won't accept anything 'weird', though she's maturing in that way, and her sense of normality is very much defined by those programs. I don't know a lot about her personal life, she keeps that to herself, but she seems to be reacting to her situation in a way that makes it obvious she is making informed and sensible decisions. If perhaps a bit too sensible.

So, it can affect different people in different ways, really. Some people are almost ruled by it, others are able to take it with a bit more media literacy.

The fact remains that, for all the programs they watch, their minds are switched off. This can be quite comforting, but at the same time, I would feel rather unsure about watching advertisements when I'm not thinking about it, because then it's got a pipe straight through to your unconscious. Most of the time, they're not learning, and nearly all of the time not a smile dare shows on their face (despite the laughter track telling you that you should be laughing). The most immediate danger of TV is that it is wasted time, and there's a billion better things to do with your time than waste it. Even if you're just on kupika, at least your synapses are firing enough to digest and respond to things.

Someone mentioned eating disorders? I can't help but put all the blame on the media and beauty industries for that. Sure, family has an effect, but might that just be the influence of the media on the parents? Genetics, I don't think any genetic argument is helpful, since we can't separate culture from ourselves. Anyway, what it boils down to is this: would we have a fraction of the anorexia problem we have now if the media didn't communicate the beauty ideal that thinner is better? We do have the whole healthy-is-beautiful thing going on right now, but I for one am not so quick to forgive such a profit-grabbing and morally bankrupt industry.

Anyone who's never bought a trashy women's magazine, or a magazine such as vogue, I suggest you go out and buy a couple. Say... Vogue, Glamour, and Heat, so you get the whole beauty, culture, and gossip trifecta. Realise that big media industries such as these have a point and a purpose behind every sentence, and then take a good deep discriminating look through the pages. These magazines are very popular, and a lot of people take their word as nigh-gospel. If you're anything like me, you'll be disturbed by what you find.

While you're there, you might want to try getting some men's magazines too. I've not read them, but I can't imagine they'll be any better. Let me know what you find, if you do.
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