Small screen holds big harm for young minds

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 September, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 September, 1999, 12:00am

Nowadays, many people watch television for at least a few hours every day. Although television can be educational, it can adversely affect children's development.

Since television is a visual medium, children could lose their language and reasoning skills and their ability to reflect.

Television could also affect children's emotional development. They could become passive observers.

Young people should read more books and try to understand and analyse important issues and events.

Doing more sports and exercise will help them refresh their minds and stay healthy.

Besides, television programmes contain too much violence. As soon as you switch on the television, you can see people being beaten, robbed and murdered.

Overexposure to violence on television may lead youths to accept violence as normal and see it as a means of resolving problems, which would lead to higher crime rates.

Watching triad members using bad language on screen, children naturally try to imitate them and swear words could become part of their daily vocabulary.

The over-emphasis on sex is extremely harmful as children will misunderstand sex and try to explore it in the wrong ways.

Watching television also has long-term effects on students' studies. They could gradually become lazy both mentally and physically and lose interest in other activities.

Their intellectual and physical development will be hampered. This is the reason why children's language standards are declining nowadays.

Furthermore, many television advertisements encourage people to be materialistic.

In addition, watching too much television is harmful to one's eyesight.

Finally, choosing which television channel to watch may also cause arguments within the family.

Parents who are busy with work let their children get addicted to television.

Later on, they may not want to communicate with their parents.

Judging from the points listed above, we can come to the conclusion that television does more harm than good to children's development.

Tsz-yeung is a student at S K H Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School