Impact of Media
Educational videos can certainly serve as powerful prosocial teaching devices. Television is an effective way of advertising products to children of various ages. * 5. Impact of Media On Children Watching violent television programs and movies increase violent behaviour in children. Excessive television watching contributes to the increased incidence of childhood obesity. Excessive television watching may have a deleterious effect on learning and academic performance. Watching certain programs may encourage irresponsible sexual behaviour. 6. Television Tips Family viewing give children a choice of what to watch. Restrict violent videos and DVD movies. Encourage and model ways to play that do not involve violence. Watch with the children and talk about the programs. Refuse to let children see shows known to be violent. * 7. Tips for Electronic Games Pay attention to ratings. Read the literature that accompanies video game products. Discuss game content with children. Observe children playing and periodically play along. Assure adult supervision for arcade game playing.
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Select games that promote problem solving, skill building, and cooperation, rather than violence. * 8. Internet Safety Ask your Internet provider or computer store about programs that block access to adult–oriented sites, “chat rooms,” and bulletin boards. Keep the computer in a high traffic part of the house. Find websites you think your children will enjoy and “bookmark” them. Teach your children about “netiquette” – appropriate on-line behavior. Everything on the Internet is not true.