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The Recommendation of a 2 hour screen time is outdated

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Started: 10/27/2013 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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3rd round:Arguments/contentions/points/assertions AND Rebuttal
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5th round:closing, summikng up and imact only

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I accept this challenge. This will be fun.
I define screen time as the amount of time spent watching TV including videos and DVD"s; playing
computer games on video consoles or on computers and using computers for other purposes. Screen time also refers to using telephones for texting and social networking.
Outdated is defined as old-fashioned or obsolete, and recommendation is defined as a suggestion or proposal as to the best course of action.
The proposal of a 2 hour limit for the use of electronic devices is old fashioned and obsolete.
I disagree to this topic and will be arguing against it.
Good luck, and let the best debater win!
Debate Round No. 1


truthiskey forfeited this round.


The recommendation of a @ 2 hour secreen time is beneficial and trustworthy as long periods of electronic use is linked to medical and mental problems.

The average 8-year-old spends eight hours a day using various forms of media, and teenagers often surpass 11 hours of media consumption daily, according to the authors of the AAP statement. More than three quarters of teenagers have cell phones, and teens ages 13 to 17 send an average of 3,364 texts per month.

Several studies have linked high media consumption with poor health outcomes. For example, children with TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be obese.

The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than age 2 and recommends limiting older children's screen time to no more than one or two hours a day. Too much screen time has been linked to:

Obesity. The more TV your child watches, the greater his or her risk is of becoming overweight. Having a TV in a child's bedroom also increases this risk. Children can also develop an appetite for junk food promoted in TV ads, as well as overeat while watching TV.
Irregular sleep. The more TV children watch, the more likely they are to have trouble falling asleep or to have an irregular sleep schedule. Sleep loss, in turn, can lead to fatigue and increased snacking.
Behavioral problems. Elementary students who spend more than two hours a day watching TV or using a computer are more likely to have emotional, social and attention problems. Exposure to video games is also linked with an increased risk of attention problems in children. Watching excessive amounts of TV at age 4 is linked with bullying at ages 6 through 11.
Impaired academic performance. Elementary students who have TVs in their bedrooms tend to perform worse on tests than do those who don't have TVs in their bedrooms.
Violence. Too much exposure to violence through media " especially on TV " can desensitize children to violence. As a result, children might learn to accept violent behavior as a normal way to solve problems.
Less time for play. Excessive screen time leaves less time for active, creative play.
Debate Round No. 2


truthiskey forfeited this round.


Today's children are spending an average of seven hours a day on entertainment media, including televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. To help kids make wise media choices, parents should monitor their media diet. Parents can make use of established ratings systems for shows, movies and games to avoid inappropriate content, such as violence, explicit sexual content or glorified tobacco and alcohol use.

Studies have shown that excessive media use can lead to attention problems, school difficulties, sleep and eating disorders, and obesity. In addition, the Internet and cell phones can provide platforms for illicit and risky behaviors.

By limiting screen time and offering educational media and non-electronic formats such as books, newspapers and board games, and watching television with their children, parents can help guide their children's media experience. Putting questionable content into context and teaching kids about advertising contributes to their media literacy.

The AAP recommends that parents establish "screen-free" zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children's bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. It is important for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play.

Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MysticEgg 3 years ago
Do you mean irrelevant?
Posted by Stonewall 3 years ago
...two hour screen time? Like in movies?
Posted by free_to_think 3 years ago
Uhm. You made 3 rounds. Not 5.
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Why Pro went to the trouble of setting up a bunch of rules, only to proceed to forfeit all subsequent rounds, is beyond me. But Conduct for the forfeits. Arguments for the entire presented unrebutted case from Con--I have no idea if this was the originally intended debate topic, but Pro contested nothing and presented nothing. Con used sources while Pro presented none. The only thing I could leave equal was S&G, since Pro had SOME typing from R1.