Titles : Part One
Can TV Make Your Child Smarter?
TV Makes You Smarter
The TV Life Chose Me
I Hate Cartoons -Said No One Ever!
Calm Down! A Little Bit of TV Never Hurt Anyone
The Intelligence Cube
Speaking of the Virtual Devil
Trusting Television Together
To Watch or Not To Watch—That Is the Question
Part Two: Transitions between paragraphs
Linking these statements back to the article that I mentioned earlier, these shows do not necessarily make you stupid. If a preschooler watches SpongeBob Squarepants, he will think that everything he sees on the TV show is accurate and intelligent information, so of course it is likely that he would be confused if someone did not explain to him that not everything that is said on the show is actually true. Young children are like parrots, they repeat and imitate everything that they see and hear. So, if your 3 year old daughter is acting exactly like Patrick the Star, I would be concerned too. A show that does not require a large amount of mental concentration does not stimulate the brain, which leads to a decrease in intelligence. It is essential for young children to be as cognitively stimulated as possible to develop within the norm. Shows such as SpongeBob Squarepants and Teletubbies do not allow a child to acquire any new skills, which means that it could technically make children less intelligent. Of course, there is a lot more to it then occasionally allowing your child to watch these shows. However, some children’s television programs can actually be very harmful to their development.
By stating that TV shows negatively impact a child’s intelligence, parents should take responsibility for what their young ones are exposed to. But how? It is pretty simple actually: Shows that encourage interaction, participation and other cognitive abilities. As crazy as it may seem, there are actually many shows that can be beneficial to a child’s development because they provide them with a stimulating environment. As mentioned in Crawley and her colleagues’ article, children TV shows such as Blue’s Clues allow the viewers to interact with the main characters of the show which can help develop communication skills with the use of playful and education interaction. “The audience is frequently asked to “help” solve various problems presented during the program. After delays designed to allow the audience time to overtly or covertly provide answers, feedback on solution strategies as well as correct answers are provided by the program” (Crawley et al. 631). Dora the Explorer is also another example of a TV show that encourages its viewers to interact with her and her little monkey Boots. She engages the children by asking them questions which allows them to answer and help their virtual friend find the destination she is looking for. The two previous shows are educational because their main purpose is to teach their viewers different skills. These types of shows can be beneficial to a child’s development because their content is realistic, and not based on humour and other distorted themes like the previous programs mentioned above.