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I don't get it are these kids watching the news or something??? It seems slightly biased that he couldn't get one picture of a kid smiling or laughing at the TV, I find it hard to believe that those kids are watching saturday morning cartoons.
That's exactly what I'm saying, a small amount of this stuff is healthy indeed.
I'm not arguing for TV replacing parenting in any way, I actually agree that mentality is very disturbing and detrimental to some aspects of childhood. However to say that kids watching TV is taking away from childhood is a broad statement. Lots of the problems stated above are problems with parenting and guidance not just TV. Kids watch too many hours of TV is the parents fault. Kids watching adult shows is the parents fault. Saying there is no way to make a difference in TV programming is just ludacris because if you don't like it, it's like a radio station, just turn it off or turn on something more creative or appropriate.
TV is good I think in small doses for kids creativity and learning, there are quality programs out there that I'm sure kids could watch without turning into TV zombies. Cartoons give kids a chance to escape the real world for a little while and just concentrate on funny and amusing thoughts. Also many channels can be informational for kids in many ways, what about kids who watch cartoons and are inspired to draw, or kids who watch animal planet and decide to aspire to work with wild animals or in zoos, or discovery channel shows which might turn kids on to science and natural wonders. Hell some might even save their lives like those teenagers recently who fell in a lake and survived without problem because they watched man vs wild and knew to strip off their wet clothes before running home.
I do think that this guys point has a valid one on some levels, you shouldn't let your 6 year old watch the news or reno 911 for 6 hours at a time. Also I'm all for getting kids out and exercising to create healthier kids and stimulate a love for activity and adventure. I just find this study to be a bit misleading in the way that ALL TV is bad for kids, I'm sure a little spongebob or bob the builder isn't going to rob your kids of their childhood. Hell I watched Tom and Jerry when I was little and enjoyed saturday morning cartoons but I still value activity and adventure for a healthy life. I also value sometimes giving your body a rest and putting your mind to work by observing some good old stimulating idiot box programming.
I don't know what was more disturbing, the blank faces on the kids or clicking on start and seeing a bunch of creepy looking gingers.
Definately shows a change, but while patience is a virtue there is also something positive to be said of abundance of raw energy. So your kid can't sit still, get him an erector set or some lincoln logs or a soccer ball or something.
Maybe our kids are all screwed up because every study and art project always ends up in the older generation telling the younger generation how screwed up they are. After years of being told there is a problem with you rather than constuctive criticism I'm sure many kids start to believe they are messed up.
Just wonder how the two following statements would affect a child upon overhearing it come from their mother's mouth:
"Poor billy is so hard to control he has so much energy he is just all over the place."
"Billy is such a firecracker in life, I just know he's gonna use all that energy someday to create incredible works of art."