Children & Television
Danielle D. Smith
Cal State Northridge
COMS 321, Rhetorical Discourse
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Children today spend too much time watching television instead of reading. I know because I was one of those children who would rather watch â€œWonder Womenâ€ than read a book about â€œWonder Womanâ€. At that time watching television seemed more stimulating than reading. But today, I can see how watching television affects your development in many negative ways. Children who consistently watch television are more likely to be overweight, emulate the negative stereo-types and risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking depicted by their TV ...view middle of the document...
â€ (BMI-a measurement derived from someoneâ€™s weight and height) Itâ€™s healthier for you and your child to play a game of soccer than sitting in front of the TV watching David Beckham.
When I was younger I enjoyed watching many television programs and like many if not all children believed that I could emulate my favorite characters. Children of all nationalities, backgrounds and economic status seem to pick up negative stereo-types and behaviors displayed in cartoons, or television programs. I thought smoking cigarettes was cool. It seemed like every action hero or cool girl or guy was puffing on a tobacco stick. Iâ€™m not proud of exposing this, but one day when I was about seven or eight I thought I was so cool that I stole a cigarette from my dad and proceeded to light it and take a couple of puffs. As I was inhaling this cigarette I began coughing a lot and when I heard my dad walking into the kitchen I tried to put it out only to catch a piece of paper on fire and almost burn down the kitchen. Needless to say after that incident I havenâ€™t picked up a cigarette since. Studies show, according to Tobbacco.org that children and teens who see plenty of people smoking on programs and movies airing on TV are more likely to begin smoking cigarettes than those who watch less TV.
Hulk Hogan, Rocky Balboa and the Terminator were my heroes growing up. No one could beat them. They all inflicted bodily harm to their opponent but only for the common good of all. Yea right, â€œMany violent acts are perpetrated by the â€œgood guys,â€ whom kids have been taught to emulate. Even though kids are taught by their parents that itâ€™s not right to hit, television says itâ€™s ok to bite, hit, or kick if youâ€™re the good guy. This can lead to confusion when kids try to understand the...