Digital media can also show alcohol and drug use, smoking, and sexual behavior.
Your child may see these things before they are emotionally ready to understand these issues. As a parent, you can help decrease the harmful effects of digital media.
I actually like television; it’s just that I don’t think I want one in my house. Marina Krcmar, author of a study called “Living Without the Screen,” interviewed 120 people in 62 households without television and 92 people in 35 households with TVs.
She came up with the same predictable results: Whichever side of the spectrum they occupy, left or right, the un-televisioned people have the same objections: to sex and violence, to consumerism, to the intrusiveness of the medium itself.
Those who viewed it gained more knowledge over those who did not.
They offered educational and beneficial programming that helps in improving a child’s vocabulary and by encouraging their reading. Because public television teaches children the basic knowledge and the valuable facts of life, parents should encourage their children to watch more public television. This form is most often exposed to a child who instantly becomes accustomed to its presence. Children are televisions largest audience, as Morris shows, “Children aged two to five look at the TV tube on an average of 28.4 hours a week; those between the ages of six and eleven average 23.6 hours a week”. Digital media can include TV, the internet, and smart devices. Digital media may also show children poor eating habits through commercials for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods.Too much screen time can also take away from reading, studying, learning activities, play, and exercise.Some additional statistics: As of 2010, according to the Nielsen Television Report, the average American home had 2.93 TV sets, up from 2 in 1990, and there are more TVs per home than people (2.54).Among 8-to-18-year olds, 71 percent have a TV in their bedroom, says the Kaiser Family Foundation, and if you include all the devices that deliver programs, children watched about 4 1/2 hours of TV a day in 2009, up about 40 minutes since 2004.But I have a confession: I do not own a television. About 99 percent of Americans have a TV in their homes, according to many of the experts.This is not a flagrant brag or an assertion of intellectual superiority from a pointy-headed, ivy-towered intellectual. Clara Moskowitz, writing in the online magazine Live Science, of the people without TVs, says that two-thirds fall into what we might call the camps of the usual suspects: the crunchy granola types, too pure to be contaminated by vulgar media displays, and the ultrareligious right (think of the Amish or even more worldly people), also too pure to be contaminated, or have their children tainted, by the same displays.Make sure you are around your kid when he/she watches TV so that you can tell them what is right to watch and what isn’t.We would love to hear your views about the importance of TV.