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It has been said that children are like sponges when it comes to attaining knowledge. This is true whether they are learning to speak or how to show emotion. The violence and risky behaviors as depicted on TV can have a profound effect on a young developing mind. It is well known that the first two years of life is when the brain undergoes critical development phases. During this time it is important that kids develop an accurate perception of the world they are growing up in. Over consumption of media (in general) presents a false reality that rewards for violent behavior, hinders mental and physical development, and promotes risky behavior. In response to this the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that “kids under the age of two not watch any TV and that those older than two watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming” (Kidshealth.org).
There is no question that television in moderation can be a good thing: young children are exposed to great educational tools such as Dora the Explorer, Word World, (my personal favorite) and Bubble Guppies. The…
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