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Influence of TV Programmes on Children

TV programmes can affect child positively as well as negatively. Therefore, parents should take proper steps to monitor what child is watching. Read on to know more about the positive and negative impacts of TV programmes on children and what parents can do.

Saloni is one of the fans of Hanna Montana. She is so crazy about Hanna Montana that she has certainly started copying Hannna Montana’s lifestyle. She is just 10 years old and by looking at her behaviour Saloni’s mother is tensed. Her mother is not able to understand how just a TV serial can influence her daughter’s life so much.

An idiot box called TV greatly influences kids. Though TV programmes are entertaining they may influence kids positively and negatively. Kids are just like clay and they get molded according to the environment in which they are brought-up. TV programmes automatically becomes part of this environment which influences the growth and development of child. Therefore, it is necessary for parents to understand how TV programmes influences the child. Read on to know how TV programmes can influence children so that you can take right decision at right time.

How do TV Programmes Influence Children?

Have a quick look at how TV serials can affect children positively and negatively.

Positive Influence of TV Programmes

Some good TV programmes have good effects on children. In fact TV shows for children on some channels like Discovery or National Geographic Channel can increase child’s knowledge. Such knowledge is a must have in this competitive age. It is necessary on part of parents that they encourage their children to watch such shows.

There are also some TV programmes which help children understand the importance of proper nutrition, health and exercise. Apart from that, children also learn a lot of things which are helpful in their academic and future life. They can also watch quiz contests which increase their general knowledge. Parents should motivate their child to take part in such quiz contests on TV. Some TV programmes also provide opportunity to prove child’s talent in dance, acting, painting, win scholarships etc; which can prove beneficial for child. However, parents should not force children to watch such shows if their child is not interested.   

Negative Influence of TV Programmes

Along with the positive effects, TV programmes can also have negative impact on children. TV programmes affect the behaviour of child the most. Most of the children watch cartoon films. They get infatuated with it so much that they start using the dialogues used by their favourite cartoon characters frequently.

If accidentally, children watch the TV programmes meant for adults, it can prove dangerous. Such TV programmes are based on the concepts like divorce, crime, murders etc; which can have a very bad impact on child’s mind. At times, unwanted thoughts may start coming to their mind which can divert their attention from studies and force them to do undesirable things. It can create disturbance in child’s life and make his or her life stressful. Watching TV for longer time can also deteriorate child’s health.

How to Avoid Negative influence of TV Programmes?

Here are some tips for parents which they can follow to prevent negative influence of TV programmes on children.

  • Keep track of the time spent by your child watching TV programmes and find ways to reduce the time. However, avoid yelling or forcefully shutting the TV set.

  • Make a note of the TV programmes which your child watch and find out if they are suitable for your child’s age or not.

  • Encourage your child to watch good TV programmes which can help improve knowledge.

  • Avoid watching TV programmes which are not meant for children in front of your children. Once they see you watching these programmes, even your children may want to join you. Therefore, you should avoid watching such programmes when children are around.

  • Do not force children to stop watching TV. Make them understand calmly and softly about the side-effects of watching TV programmes which are not meant for them. If you force them, they may find out other ways to watch TV. For example, they may start watching TV when you are asleep.

  • Do not cut the cable connection if your child is not listening to you as such things may make them aggressive. If you want to stop them from doing something tell them sweetly or give them reward for not watching TV on a particular day.

  • Play with your child or purposefully indulge them with you in completing household chores if they are watching useless programmes on TV. Try to occupy them in some other tasks to divert their attention from TV. 
It is very necessary that parents continuously monitor what child is watching on TV. Parents should also keep in mind that computer is slowly taking place of TV. However, parents need not worry if they do not have internet connection as internet connection can enable them watch TV programmes on computer as well. Therefore, parents should be alert and be in the loop of these changing times.

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Suntzarose.4 years ago
Can I know the author of this article? I just need it for my thesis.
Varsha.5 years ago
TV especially Shin Chan has spoilt my child's manners. I insist he's polite to everyone at school and make him take up activities at Orchids to keep him busy.
Payal.6 years ago
My kid loves to watch cartoons often. When I am there, we both watch National Geography and Discovery Channel. It's a great feeling to see my kids' various facial gestures. :)
m.7 years ago
today's generation is very fast...
Hameed Malik.7 years ago
My son is 6 years old. I tried all methods but in vain. He has almost molded his life with POGO serial "CHOTA BEAM". Like wise his way of talking is just like "HUGGI MARO", etc. laying with him, giving him time, even applying some other means of entertainment gave 0% result. At last i disconnected my cable connection on trial basis just to monitor his activities.
virendra agarwal.8 years ago
We should have more programs on values. Need creativity and innovation here... This would have positive impact on children.
smita.9 years ago
my son is 4yrs old.On weekends he loves to watch Tom n jerry show.but sometimes the time exceed to 4-5 hrs.i'm very much worried for this...
as everytime,its not easy to endulge him in all type of household chores..
But sometime,if i want to play with him to distract him,his answer is NO...
if i forcefully shut the TV off,he starts crying and plead to turn the TV on!
can anybody help me!!!
.3 years ago
HI Smita,

Please read this article, It will surely help you.. *****.com
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