The public has stated its concerns about what kind of television is out there for children. The FCC has been fighting a long battle to try and make it more suitable for the youth. However, there are still complaints and according to the Annenburg study not much changes. Yes, television is a great babysitter because it keeps your young one entertained while you are trying to fold laundry, cook dinner, and so on. Not only that, but it gives the parent
|a break. Having a break can give one the rest
he or she needs to be a better parent. Unfortunately, while it is keeping
the child entertained, it may be teaching violence. “Three Surgeon
Generals have presented Congress with evidence that violence on television
has negative effects on children,” (C).
The question is what should be done? According to the article, “Kids &TV”, “It’s okay if she wants to watch something you don’t think is so great as long as it’s not violent. Watch it with her. Tell her why you don’t like it,” says the University of Illinois’s Aidman. The key is
|to know what your kids are watching. Limit
how much they are watching. Make sure that what they are watching is
age appropriate and contains positive lessons about sharing,resolving disagreements,
or appreciating varied cultures. Add value to the viewing experience
by watching together whenever possible, discussing issues when they arise
on screen, relating TV to life, and just share some laughs (H). As
far as increasing good quality and decreasing poor quality, viewers should
contact the government and the broadcasters to voice their concerns.