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ERIC Number: ED378615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 7
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Television: A Communication Tool To Help Your Children.
Markham, Reed
Television has a pervasive presence in our lives and connects us to a larger world. Children spend more time watching television than any other activity (except sleeping). According to Bernard Percy, television can have a positive effect on children: it can build vocabulary, stimulate interests and motivate actions. Parents should consider doing some of the following: support successful educational programming in their child's school; encourage their child to watch imaginative programming; help their child be an active television viewer. After watching a program, they should discuss with their child what they liked to disliked about the show. They should discuss issues and ideas related to the program. On the other hand, television viewing can be quite damaging to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that "protracted television viewing is one cause of violent or aggressive behavior." Parents can limit the negative effects of television by setting a strong example for their children by choosing responsible programming. Also, parents should monitor programs viewed by their children and limit their children's viewing time. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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