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The effects of television on children



The positive effect of television on children

Watching children’s television, in the direction of parents, reflects a positive impact in several aspects, including:

  • Learn about many different and different subjects through educational, natural, and other documentary programs, which attract their interest and help them develop their cultures and knowledge.
  • Learn about many different civilizations, cultures, and places they may not be able to reach.
  • Enhance the child’s analytical skills, by discussing what is being shown in the media.
  • Gain some positive behaviors, such as exercise, reading, etc.
  • Affecting positive personalities, which would motivate them to achieve important goals and achievements in life.

The negative impact of television on children

The unleashing of children with regard to watching television without the supervision of parents is a negative influence on their physical and mental health, and this is summed up in many of the damages, perhaps the most important of which are the following:

  • Creating aggressive behavior in the child, as it has been proven that the scenes of violence that are repeated in front of the children’s view while watching TV would raise the level of their aggressive behavior (especially among children), through more than 1000 studies conducted, where the child watches an average of 12,000 A violent scene on TV every year.
  • Increased obesity in children, due to their lack of physical activity, and eating large amounts of unhealthy meals that affect their health, and their nutrition alike.
  • Damage to brain development, mental health, and learning difficulties of children (especially before the age of three) when they watched TV for a long time during the day.
  • Behavioral disorders, and an increased chance of developing bad habits at an early age, such as smoking, drug use, and others.
  • The negative impact on educational attainment.

The role of parents in guiding children

In order for parents to protect their children from the devastating effects of television, they must take care of several things, including:

  • Choose programs that are appropriate for the ages of their children, in terms of the content it provides, the time it takes, and other matters, whether these programs are recreational or educational, as it is necessary to be fully familiar with the program, the message it provides, and other things.
  • Determine the appropriate times for watching TV, so that they are not synchronized with eating times, or times of sleep, as it is imperative that parents take care to remove TVs from the children’s bedrooms.
  • Take care to convert the time of watching TV into an enjoyable family activity, and do not consider it as a way to spend the free time without there being any desired benefit from it.

The effects of watching TV on children

Behavioral disorders

Watching TV affects the child’s behavior significantly, as the child is affected by the behaviors and emotions of the different characters that are presented to him on the TV, and his aggressive behavior increases when viewing scenes that contain violence, not only this, but the TV affects the social skills of the child in a negative way, experts confirmed That children under the age of five watch more than two hours of TV every day makes them more susceptible to behavioral disorders.

Speech delay

Numerous studies confirm the existence of a strong relationship between children watching television and the delay in the development of their language, speaking slowly, and through many experiments it was found that children who watch television face difficulties in learning to speak and develop language, as television reduces the chances of creating a dialogue between the child and adults And the lack of social interaction that helps to develop the language of the child.

Mental development

The child needs eighteen months after birth to perceive the symbols and movements dependent on the development of the brain on interactive learning, that is, through interacting with the people around him, hearing their voices, touching and moving things, and since the infant is unable to understand the movements and images and their meanings, there is no use in watching the TV on Despite his love for that, and accordingly, he prefers not to limit the child’s development by watching television in abundance, and to replace that by teaching him interactive practical skills.


Child sitting for long periods in front of the TV screen leads to weight gain and obesity in the child, as watching TV makes the child less mobile and active, and more inclined to eat unhealthy meals, and several studies have shown that reducing the time of children watching TV contribute to reducing weight gain And reduce the body mass index, so it is preferable to replace the time watching television for the child to play, and to do some movement activities.

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