On average, children in the U.S. watch four to six hours of television each day. By the time they are 18, most will have spent more time watching television than in the classroom. While there are programs that can teach our children good values, there many more programs that can have a poor impact.
Television violence has a significant negative impact on our children. Excessive viewing of violence may:
Excessive amounts of television viewing can be harmful to a child and lead to obesity. It decreases active time that could be spent playing with peers and participating in sports, music and other activities. Heavy viewing can reduce school performance by interfering with studying and reading.
On the other hand, appropriate television viewing can educate children about different lifestyles and cultures, teach humanity toward others and instruct on hobbies such as cooking and crafting.
Parents who limit their own television time and watch healthy programs can send a clear message to their children about responsible television viewing.