If you have to ask the question then you’re probably not a parent! Most of us with kids know that television nowadays is a wasteland, especially when it comes to children’s television.
By the time most children graduate from high school, they will have spent more time in front of a television set than in a classroom, according to a study by the “Children Now” organization. But what they’re getting fed into their spirit is anything but good. Studies show that the incidence of violence during an average children’s program is greater than that of many adult “prime time” shows. By the time most children leave elementary school, they’ll have witnessed 100,000 violent acts on television. And 8,000 of those will be murders.
SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N ROLL
Programs for teens are worse — plus, TV executives add sex to the mix: A typical teenager sees 14,000 sexual encounters on TV each year. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, two-thirds of all secular TV shows contained sexual content in the 2001-2002 TV season, and in the top 20 TV shows among teen viewers, 83% included sexual content. And it’s influencing them. A poll of kids ages 10 to 16 shows that they believe TV encourages them to take part in sexual activity before marriage.
Violence is rising on television as well; the average child will see 100,000 acts of violence on TV before the sixth grade. And forget about watching television with your children during the so-called “family hour” on network television. A recent poll shows profanity between the hours of 8pm and 9pm Eastern is up 58%.
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