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show that the average American will watch about 9 years television in
his or her life, according to staticbrain.com. The average amount of
television time a child gets is roughly 1,480 minutes a week. That is
about one day and a few extra minutes if converted into hours. While
people may consider it just a sign of the times, watching television may
affect how your child thinks.
the emergence of reality TV shows, more people are turning on their
television sets to watch what goes on in the lives of their favorite
showbiz personalities. Sadly, reality television is more than just
entertaining. It can alter how you child thinks about himself or
herself. Although you have raised them to adhere to good old moral
values, your teen may prioritize fame and wealth over anything else.
Blame it on reality TV.
and children fail to realize that these shows are scripted. They
believe the brawls to be real and that may cause them to seek out more
fights at school. If they see their idols having one night stands, they
may consider it the norm and become more promiscuous. Your teenage
daughter may also wonder why women in reality shows look so good all the
time and she does not. She may not be aware that they have makeup
artists to retouch them before each scene. They look fit at all times
because they have personal trainers and diet consultants to help
maintain their figures.
many parents may shrug it off and say that they tell their kids that
these shows are scripted, they forget that their younger children and
teenagers are at impressionable stage where they are still developing
mentally and emotionally. Exposure to these shows may negatively affect
how they see themselves in the future. They hear about multi-million
dollar endorsements and the lust for fame replaces all the morals
instilled in them when they were younger. Reality television glamorizes
problems like drug or alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, catfights,
promiscuous sex and so much more. It teaches people that opening your
private life to the world is healthy for the right price.
consider reality television the basest form of entertainment. However,
they watch these shows anyway. Rather than scoff it off as a fun albeit
annoying habit, think about what these shows can do to your teenager. If
you notice any disturbing behavior in your teen, you may choose to
consult a counselor and browse through sites like thefamilycompass.com for tips on how to deal with your child.
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