Children and the Media

             Like most beings, children grow in body and mind. Since Television was invented there have been worries over how it affects their growing minds. Countless studies have been taken to understand exactly what goes through children’s heads when they view the material some may call “inappropriate.” Their understanding and accepting of TV evolves with their brains, as they get older.
             When children are infants (around 18 months) they can only pay attention to the television in question for short periods of time. They are usually interested more in activities involving themselves. Understanding that they are watching anything at all is lost at this age. They only see it as random lights and sounds. They rarely recognize shapes and lines that form people or organisms. There is no proof that violent content on the television can insight violence, except when the content is presented in a simple, step-by-step manner.
             It is not until they are toddlers that they can take meaning and content from the television. These viewing habits they develop influence their TV habit the rest of their lives. They gain a preference to cartoons and fast moving characters and, due to this, start to become exposed to certain amounts of violence. They start to become attracted to violence. It is not necessarily the violence that they enjoy rather the fast moving action and high production features (well put together show). It is not at this age they are able to discern motive or consequence. Toddlers are more aggressive at this age because of the things they are starting to put together in their heads.
             Elementary school is considered an important period for their comprehension of television. They start to form attention spans that can see entire plots and see motive and consequences. It is here where their minds will decide to watch television in a deep, concentrated way, or in a dreamy, emissive kind of way. They also start to not imit...

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