Television violence and its effects on our children

Many of us have read the staggering statistics on the effects of television violence on our children. And we can be in one of two fields: television is just a reaction to society, a projection of what life is like. Or television is influencing and fostering brutality in this world.

Either way, it cannot be coated with sugar. Violence has always played a role in our society, whether between individuals demanding their will or on a larger scale: governments using ruthless force. So, in a historical sense, it is important to understand the impact of violence and what we have learned. These historical lessons have their place and context, but what I’m talking about is more the glamor of violence. Whether it’s life imitating art or art imitating life, it doesn’t really matter. Our houses are paradises, the safety net in this world. This is the place where we encourage our children, encourage them positively, while teaching and minimizing the effects of negative external influences. So if we really do live in a violent world, we can offer our children some peace, and if it’s more a matter of perspective, aren’t we focusing on the wrong things?

Let’s look at the downsides of too much violence on TV:

  • Desensitization Television today is much more realistic than it used to be due to the advancement of special effects and computer animation. Due to the sometimes gratuitous nature, the line between fantasy and reality can be blurry. then a humph And the indifferent shrug can be the degree of sympathy when real news of violence is shared. And to go even one step further, children may be less empathetic to the suffering of those around them.
  • Fear. How do you feel if you have seen a program about the kidnapping of a child? I know I don’t want to lose sight of my children, I become a floating Mommy. While it is good to be informed, we must differentiate between sensationalism and facts. What are the statistics and reasonable precautions? If we are constantly seeing negative information, that is what we will always perceive in the world, and this is how people can become plagued with anxiety.
  • Greater violence. Numerous studies have shown the correlation between increased aggression and increased violence on television. These date back to the 1950s.

Television is not a terrible thing. There are numerous educational programs for our children. And if we do our homework, there are decent entertainment shows for our children. It’s all about balance, even when watching TV. So what are the solutions for us as parents to combat this violence on television?

  • Know what our children see. Watch a show with them – see what they’re really exposed to.
  • Set a time limit for watching TV. Don’t let your children keep the television on continuously. Pick some shortlisted shows, something they can look forward to.
  • Open communication. Always encourage open communication with your children and not just about television shows. If we already have a good relationship with them, they will tell us about violence on television or the difference between reality and fantasy. These types of conversations will be more natural and will open the doors to your positive influence.
  • Promotion of other activities. There are many opportunities for our children, from sports to music, to meeting up with neighborhood kids for a soccer game. Encourage these less sedentary activities, there are many benefits to these activities.

Let us be conscientious parents and help build strong and well adjusted children who are a positive force in this world.

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