The argument over whether or not children should watch television has become a debate as more and more technology comes into our culture. Many researchers have produced studies to see if television programs affect a child’s ability to learn. There have been many scholar articles written about how watching television can affect the way child can learn, teach bad eating habits, and many other issues that can come from watching the “tube”, although these studies do not show a control on the type of television that is presented. I believe that with parent controls television can be greatly beneficial for children.
When kids watch TV what they are watching needs to be controlled by their parents or guardians. In the article “Media and Young Children’s Learning,” the authors state “… well-designed, age appropriate, educational television can be beneficial to children” (Anderson 40). If parents have control over the television children can gain educational lessons on subjects ranging from math to history, as well as behavioral lessons, like how to clean and act, for example. When it comes to the show “Barney and Friends” the show is geared towards pre-school aged children, the show teaches them a variety of lessons and at the end they “clean- up” and sing a song. Children take in the skill of cleaning because is portrayed in song, which excites the child and makes them want to clean-up.
An article that was written in “The Future of Children” brings up a study that was conducted by giving questionnaires to parents asking them general questions about their children, what their children watch and how much they watch these shows. The questionnaires went on to ask how the children act, respond to others and what their educational skills are. The study showed that when parents take on the right responsibilities of how their children watch television the children can gain educational skills and improve their learning capabilities. As long as parents take procedures and steps, such as the amount of time the child watches TV, allowing only programs directed towards the children, and work with their children to understand the content, those kids benefit from this use of technology. Parents and researchers claim that television can harm a child’s ability to learn. In the Article “Does Television Rot Children’s Brains?” the article brings up how Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro (economists from the University of Chicago) researched to find if television does harm a child’s ability to learn. They looked over the test scores of children in the late 1940s, when television was not so popular to the test scores of today’s children. The author Jensen said “Gentzkow and Shapiro’s results showed ‘very little difference and if anything a slight positive advantage’ in test scores of today’s children compared to test scores from the late 1940s” (Jensen 1). The findings can show researchers and parents that watching television will not affect a child’s ability to learn. Even when television was not such a big part of our culture children had the same if not less educational abilities. Viewing educational TV can be good for children. David C. Diehl and Stephanie C. Toelle have researched and found that: Research has shown that children's exposure to television during the preschool years is predictive of academic outcomes during adolescence. What is notable about this research, however, is that it is the kind of television that really matters. For example, adolescents whose parents permitted them to watched more educational programming when they were young are more likely to have higher grades, read more books, place greater value on achievement, and show more creativity. On the other hand, adolescents who watched more violent or purely ‘entertainment’ television when they were young tend to do less well in school and have lower grades overall. Parenting is a major factor in determining both television viewing patterns and educational...
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