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Should kids be allowed to watch mature shows

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Started: 6/25/2015 Category: Entertainment
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Kids should be allowed because they are their own being and they should decide what they want for themselves; sure there can be a little guiding from the parents but they will have an idea about stuff when other kids will be left in the dark.


Kids should not be allowed to watch mature shows.

There are hundreds of studies that show psychologically why children should not be watching shows beyond their age level.

First Aggression/viloence

Kids are easily impressionable and TV loves to leave impressions, lots of TV glamorises violence, it gives children a false sense of reality because children do not know the difference. The younger the worse. Kids who grow up watching violence will more likely be violent. Plain and simple. Parents should always be involved and limiting what children should watch and explaining to them right and wrong as they grow.

A 15-year-long study by University of Michigan researchers found that the link between childhood TV-violence viewing and aggressive and violent behavior persists into adulthood

Even having the TV on in the home is linked to more aggressive behavior in 3-year-olds. This was regardless of the type of programming and regardless of whether the child was actually watching the TV
-Manganello JA, Taylor CA. Television exposure as a risk factor for aggressive behavior among 3-year-old children. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Nov;163(11):1037-45.

Children can come to view the world as a mean and scary place when they take violence and other disturbing themes on TV to be accurate in real life.

Symptoms of being frightened or upset by TV stories can include bad dreams, anxious feelings, being afraid of being alone, withdrawing from friends, and missing school.
Fears caused by TV can cause sleep problems in children
Scary-looking things like grotesque monsters especially frighten children aged two to seven. Telling them that the images aren't real does not help because kids under age eight can't always tell the difference between fantasy and reality.
Many children exposed to scary movies regret that they watched because of the intensity of their fright reactions.
Children ages 8-12 years who view violence are often frightened that they may be a victim of violence or a natural disaster.
Violent threats shown on TV can cause school-aged kids (8-12) to feel fright and worry. When the threat is shown as news it creates stronger fears than when it is shown as fictional

Second Sex

Sex while a wonderful thing, is somthing that is often shown on TV as a fun recruiation activity that everyone should do. It gives children a pressure to become more sexual at a younger age without understanding the ramifcation or consequences.

People who Watch sexual acts early on are usually more sexually active, are moe likely to contract STD's or get pregnant. Kids have less respect for the opposite gender and often lack meaningful realationships.

Third Misled viewpoints in life
Let's take a look at what kids see on TV, and how it can affect their beliefs about race and gender:

Children learn to accept the stereotypes represented on television. After all, they see them over and over.
When non-whites are shown on TV, they tend to be stereotyped.
Gender-biased and gender-stereotyped behaviors and attitudes that kids see on television do affect how they see male and female roles in our society.
Television and movies do not often show Asians or Asian Americans, and when they do, they fail to show the diversity in Asian American culture
Thin women are disproportionately represented on TV. The heavier a female character, the more negative comments were made about her
In 1990's commercials, white men more often were depicted as strong, while white women were shown as sex objects. African American men more often were portrayed as aggressive and African American women, as inconsequential
Ads for household items, like cleaning products, usually feature women
G-rated movies are commonly viewed by younger children—often over and over on DVD, and perceived by parents as safe for little kids. However, in these movies, whether live action or animated, males are shown more than females, by three to one, they are not often shown in relationships, and do not solve problems peacefully
In G-movies, characters of color are under-represented, and are usually shown as sidekicks, comic relief, or bad guys. Male characters of color are more aggressive and isolated
Music videos over-represent black males as aggressors, and white females as victims, compared to actual demographic data

Foruth Health
Children lack self control, it is taught and developed over time.

Watching too much TV increases odds of being overweight
creating bad TV watching habits can lead to adult issues as they are less likely to break the habits as they get older, much like a drug addiction the tv watching affects their health and work life
Kids try to emulate what they see on TV and thus are likely to get hurt
Watching drugs on TV increases the odds that they are likely to consume drugs as well...

That are just a few out of many reasons why we limit our children from watching certain TV shows.

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