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Aravindhan3
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Television Series Affect Children Negatively

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Started: 1/31/2015 Category: TV
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Aravindhan3

Pro

Television serves as one of the most important forms of mass communication in this era. The old and the young alike, watch various television shows and are directly or indirectly influenced by them. Especially, children are more prone to incorporate the themes or characters seen in TV into their own personal lives.
While there are channels like National Geographic and Discovery that aim to educate, there are also others with not so noble motives. Children get so absorbed into these kind of shows, which incidentally are more appealing to them, that they tend to start imitating them. They want the circumstances around them to be as in the TV, they want that kind of an economic status and they are brazenly exposed to violence and other crimes. In extreme cases, when someone tried to reason with them, they are unable to comprehend and they get alienated from the society as such.
As Woody Allen puts it, "Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates television."
frankdavie2

Con

I accept this debate.
Debate Round No. 1
Aravindhan3

Pro

Children in all age groups are affected by the adverse effects of television. From toddlers to teens, television series have a detrimental effect; for example toddlers' brain development is impended by watching television, as it hampers the effective time spent by them in interacting with others and learning new things. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics condemns any TV time for children below 2 years.
For teens, too much screen time reduces their outdoor time, socialization skills and reading skills. Teens are easily influenced by the atmosphere around them, some shows which depict violence and crimes in day-to-day life are so addictive for them that they tend to start practicing the same.
Also, the commercials seen induce consumerism. According to J Evra, author of Television and Child Development, children are unable to critique the products advertised and feel compelled to buy them. They tend to coax their parents into buying it for them , unwillingly in most cases.
frankdavie2

Con

Television viewing absent of moderation is bad for the human body - along with everything else on this planet. However, with control over viewing time, it has been proven that television can positively impact a child.

For example, many widely viewed television series have been proved to apply positive learning effects on children. A study conducted by Friedrich and Stein showed that children who watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood demonstrated increased measures of rule obedience, task persistence, and delay tolerance - all important commodities both for learning (1). Similar results were recognised through the children's cartoon Dragon Tales in a comprehensive study taken in 2001 (2).

These are two prime example that exemplify the fact that on a general basis, television doesn't have a negative effect on children if moderated.

(1) Friedrich, L.K., & Stein, A.H. (1973).
(2)Rust, L. W. (2001). Summative evaluation of Dragon Tales: Final Report.
Debate Round No. 2
Aravindhan3

Pro

I agree with you on the stance that with moderation, television viewing might do some amount of good to children. But let me ask you, in this fast moving world, where our livelihood has become our prime concern and with no other people to rely on but yourself, who can strike the right balance? Will it really be understood by the little ones? Am not quite sure.

As television series becomes addictive, no amount of forceful restrictions can prevent a child from getting his/her mind from it. If the TV is shut down authoritatively, he/she becomes infuriated and adamant not to heed elders' advice. Thereby, even though the detrimental television shows are kept at arms length, there is still no constructive work taking place, indirectly due to TV itself.

It is of human nature, especially that of children that the informative shows airing are not of great interest to them. Who can blame them? How would you feel like watching about the evolution of the galaxy if you are a 15 year old?
frankdavie2

Con

I'm so glad you agree with me, it makes this process a lot easier for me. I'm going to utilise this round to rebutt your previous argument.

What do you mean we have no-one to rely on but ourselves? Children have parents, and if not then some form of carer or guardian. If a child's viewing time is not moderated then it's the not the television program's fault, it's the carer's fault for letting them sit square-eyed for too long. Fruit will make you sick if you eat too much of it, but if it's moderated and you stick to the recommened daily amount, then it is extremely nutritious. Objectively, even if it is addictive to some children, the television can and does have positive educational impacts on many children, and if you can present any evidence.

You have presented no evidence to support your claims and therfore have not fulfilled your burden of proof.
Debate Round No. 3
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