A report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time watching television and/or play video games. How does the problem affect the children, their families and society? What measures can be taken to control it?

A report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time
watching television and/or play video games. How does the problem affect the
children, their families and society? What measures can be taken to control it?


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]Laurence J. Peter has rightly said that ‘Television has changed the child from an irresistible
force to an immovable object.’ After coming home from school, children spend a lot of time
in watching TV and playing video games. In the following paragraphs, I shall discuss the
effects of this excessive TV viewing on the children, their families and society and also
suggest some ways forward.

7-11 years is a crucial period of childhood after which children step into adolescence. This is
the time when children develop the maximum, physically as well as mentally. The more time
children spend on watching TV and playing video games, the less time they have for studying,
exploring, playing and interacting with parents and friends. In addition, excessive TV viewing can
result in obesity as kids are inactive and tend to eat junk food while watching TV. They are
turning into couch potatoes. What is more, there is a lot of violence on TV which should not be
watched by children. Communication has come down drastically within the family and even
among children of the neighbourhood.

It is irrefutable that TV is one of the best ways to entertain and inform and even playing video
games introduces children to technology which is the need of the hour. However, all this is good
in moderation as there are lots of active ways of entertainment such as playing games or doing
sports, which are actually much healthier. Moreover, children need interaction with the family
and society for their holistic development.

The solutions are simple but the onus is largely on the parents. They should give quality time to
their children and ration their TV viewing hours. Even the time to play video games should be
set properly. Outdoor activities should be encouraged and neighbourhood societies should be
formed where children can play outdoor games with each other. Parks should be maintained
properly so that children have a safe place to play outdoors.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that television and video games, in moderation, can
be a good thing. However, excess of everything is bad and therefore I believe parents should
set viewing limits to ensure their children do not spend too much time watching TVA report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time

A report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time

A report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time

A report indicated that many children between 7 and 11 spend too much time

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