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Should we monitor what a child watches on TV?

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TV is often debated when it comes to education. Should we allow a child to watch TV? How long? Can we let a child watch any program? TV Is an information and learning, or a source of violence for a child?

TV, Tool Information and Knowledge

TV is a tool for daily life. Nowadays, it is difficult to prevent a child from watching TV without it being considered by the latter as a punishment. In addition, watch certain programs and be able to talk is part of the culture, references to his social group. Television can be seen as a means of integration and socialization in a group. Television, for the variety of its programs, allows the child an intellectual enrichment. Indeed, the scenarios which witnessed the child through movies, documentaries or other, allows it to integrate behavior, social norms and knowledge by another medium that school. Some authors even argue that television allows the child, identifying with the characters of the small screen, to define some notion of everyday life and deconstruct stereotypes. TV allows here to mark the distinction between the real and the imaginary.
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Television and violence in childhood

Each age is learning and the integration of specific standards. Television can be a good way of learning and widening thought if and only if its use is regulated by the parents and the images viewed are not of a traumatic nature. Indeed, some studies observed a correlation between the act of watching television and develop violent behavior. Children seeking to reproduce the observed behavior on TV. In addition, the longer a child stays long in front of the TV, the more it will effectively isolate and the desocialize. Isolation can also lead to the development of aggressive behavior.

Children, television and romantic relationship

Children and adolescents are constantly looking for benchmarks and models to address relationships with others, friends or lovers. The subject is difficult to discuss with parents, it is often in the media and in particular to television they look. Yet the image of sexuality shows on TV can be disconcerting and devalue teenager. Indeed, it is often idealized to the point that it may seem completely inaccessible (as is often the case in advertising or in many series), or it is systematically related to violence, or stripped feelings (as in pornographic films).

In the end, what to do?

In the light of various studies on the subject, it is clear that the TV is not completely beneficial or totally dangerous. It is important for it to be an educational and development tool that parents talk to their children different programs it is preferable possible or not to watch. Establish a time of dialogue between parents and children, after watching a movie - documentary or otherwise - can reduce feelings of violence or insecurity feels that a child who watches TV.
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