The Negative Impact of Television on Children Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

The Negative Impact of Television on Children
A discussion on the effect that television has on children.
# 129070 | 1,500 words | 8 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2010 in Communication (Mass Media) , Communication (Television)

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This paper discusses the impact that television can have on children, particularly in a negative way. The paper quotes studies carried out by child psychologists and behavioral experts as to the correlation between violence in children's programming and the increasing incidence of violence and aggressiveness in children. The paper also highlights how the extra exposure and influence of TV advertising has contributed to childhood obesity.

Background and History - The Power of Television as a Communications Medium
Children and Television
Television and Violence among Children
The Effects of Television Advertisement on Child Health in the United

From the Paper:

"Initially, children's television programming included reruns of cartoons from earlier eras of American entertainment that had been presented in movie theaters, and new programming evolved, often expanding on the same types of themes representing battles between "good" protagonists and "evil" villains. Violence emerged as a consistent theme throughout cartoon programming and prior to the initiation of empirical studies decades later, the consensus among child psychologists and behaviorists at the time was that the type of fictionalized, exaggerated, and unrealistic violence represented in children's programming was sufficiently different from the genuine or dramatized types of violence within adult-oriented programming not to be a concern with respect to any detrimental effects on children (Buchanan, Gentile, et al., 2002).
"By the late 1970s. child psychologists and behavioral experts began to express concern that the amount of violence to which the average American child was exposed through the television medium was indeed problematic. This was particularly evident in light of empirical studies that documented an undisputed correlation between violence in children's programming and the increasing incidence of violence and aggressiveness within childhood peer-groups (Gentile & Gentile, 2005). Educators also suspected that decreased academic attention span with respect to traditional school learning materials was at least partially attributable to increased television watching as well (Gentile & Walsh, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Belch, G, Belch, M. (1998) Advertising and Promotion: An Integrated Marketing Communications Perspective. New York: Irwin/McGraw-Hill
  • Buchanan, A.M., Gentile, D.A., Nelson, D.A., Walsh, D.A., Hensel, J. (2002). What Goes In Must Come Out: Children's Media Violence Consumption at Home and Aggressive Behaviors at School; Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (2002, August)
  • Gentile, D.A., Walsh, D.A. (2002). A Normative Study of Family Media Habits; Applied Developmental Psychology, Vol. 23 (pp. 157-178).
  • Gentile, D.A., Gentile, J.R. (2005). Violent Video Games as Exemplary Teachers; Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, Georgia. (2005, April).
  • Kotz, D. (2007) Kids and Weight: How To Win the Weight Battle; U.S. News & World Report. Sep 10/07 (pp. 60-69)

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