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Will You Allow Your Children Spend Time on Television, Video and Computer Games?
- Will You Allow Your Children Spend Time on Television, Video and Computer Games?
- Some people believe that time spent on television, video and computer games can be beneficial to children. Others believe this has negative effects on a child. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
Studies suggest that children spend more time on watching TV than they did in the past and spend less on doing active or creative things. Why do you think this is the case? What measurement and methods can be used to tackle with it
Maybe you insists on that schools should concentrate on teaching children the academic subjects that will be useful for their future. Subjects such as music and sports are not useful.
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 measure can be taken to control it?
On contrast, in the west countries, eight out of 10 parents believe television has a positive effect on their children's development. They believes television can actually help to nurture a child's imagination. Research shows that programmes can encourage involvement, stimulate the imagination and foster creativity. Children are invited to participate in this creative world with the help of TV programmes. Music and dance, in the whole show, give ample opportunities to develop a sense of rhythm and awareness of different musical styles.
And throughout the TV and live show, opportunities for creative development are offered through a kaleidoscope of experiences: songs and music, dance, stories, role-play and exploration in the visual arts.
Throughout the show, the presenters model conversation as a way of expressing feelings and ideas, relating to others and working out problems. Many of the segments demonstrate the way that role-play can help explore vocabulary and ideas.
In such ways, TV can back up the work done in school and pre-school, presenting facets of the curriculum in a different environment to school, but reinforcing the same messages.
In addition, 66% of parents indicated the positive effect of TV on their child's numeracy and musical skills, while 28% felt that some TV programmes encouraged their child to exercise while watching.
As children play pretend, they explore relationships between family members, friends and learn more about how people interact. Playing doctor, they imagine how physicians care for their patients. Playing house, they learn more about how parents feel about their children. Imaginative play helps develop empathy for others. They become more willing to play fair, to share, and to cooperate.
Imagining oneself as a builder of skyscrapers or a superhero defending the planet in games or plays is empowering to a child. It helps them develop confidence in their abilities and their potential.
When playing, children who can see a king's castle in a mound of sand or a delicious dinner in a mud pie are learning to think symbolically. This skill is important in school where a child will have to learn that numerals symbolize groups of objects, letters symbolize sounds, and so on. For those kids who play pretend with their friends do a lot of talking. This helps boost their vocabulary, improve sentence structure and enhance communication skills.
Children who spend hours every day on their video consoles may not be rotting their brains, as many parents fear. A report from the European parliament concluded yesterday that computer games are good for children and teach them essential life skills.
Evidence from experts on computer games and psychologists from France, the US, Germany and the Netherlands says that video games have a positive contribution for education.