You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Children watch too much television. As a result they are losing important social skills.
To what extent do you agree with the above?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
For many working parents, a quick and simple solution to keeping their child occupied involves simply sitting them in front of the television, and many people have pointed out the potential loss of other skills that excessive television viewing can cause. However, this argument is flawed in a number of respects, as will now be explained.
Learning how to behave within society is first acquired by copying the actions of those around us. Traditionally, this was generally from parents or siblings, but as single-parent families and one-child families have become more common, it is inevitable that other sources are needed, and for this the television has a constructive purpose. Television offers children exposure to other races, nationalities and perspectives which they might otherwise not have had.
The argument that children become less creative through watching television is also inaccurate as children have been able to learn from what they watch. Children’s television shows, for example, can teach children to make toys and games by recycling items found in the home. Added to this, programmes watched can give children a common topic of conversation.
Admittedly, there is a risk of a negative impact from television if children are allowed to watch whatever programmes they wish, where the content may not be suitable and images may be disturbing to younger viewers. However, this can be tempered by a parent or guardian allowing only suitable programming.
In conclusion, there is a definite case to be built against the assumption that television has a negative influence on children’s social abilities. Yet there is also some justification for concern in situations where parents allow children to view programmes which unintended and unsuitable for them. What is needed is careful monitoring of what children watch.