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Debate: Should parents raise children without TV?

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*[http://www.rateitall.com/t-1063-best-kids-educational-tv-show.aspx Best children TV shows, rated by parents] *[http://www.rateitall.com/t-1063-best-kids-educational-tv-show.aspx Best children TV shows, rated by parents]
-*[http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html :How TV afects your child", Kids health site]+*[http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/family/tv_affects_child.html "How TV afects your child", Kids health site]
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Background and context

Many argue that television is harmful. It promotes violence, shows sexual scenes and other content not suitable for young children to see. It is also said that television does not stimulate and promote learning, which is essential for school kids.

On the other hand, there actually were successful TV shows for children that were able to increase literacy rates among the children, TV may be seen as a good means of relaxation, and a good source of information.

The question lies - are children better off when raised without television?

Health concerns: Is watching TV harmful?

Pro

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Con

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Education: Do children benefit from watching TV?

Pro

  • Educational TV shows. There are various educational TV shows for children that were proven to teach children basic literacy skills or helped them think creatively. These include Sesame Street, Blue's Clues, Reading Rainbow, and many more. Moreover, they were also popular among children.
  • News. By watching news children can learn about geography, politics, advances in science - everything simply and shortly explained. Additionally, children learn about real-life situations that happen on everyday basis which will benefit them in the future.




Con

  • Children prefer passive TV-watching. Children generally enjoy cartoons, films and other passive TV programmes that do not encourage them to learn or think creatively.





Violence: Does watching TV increase violence rates among children and teens?

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Con

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