However, when children watch television frequently and indiscriminately, the effects can be detrimental tv viewing and poor school performance only a handful of programs teach children important skills such as math, reading, science or problem solving most of the shows on television, including cartoons, are noneducational. Television is a powerful medium that could positively influence children by educating and inspiring them, but the way it is currently being used by the mainstream corporate tv networks is having tremendously negative effects on them.
(see kate moody, growing up on television: the tv effect—a report to parents, new york: times books, 1980, pp 91–92) some children lose the ability to learn from reality because life’s experiences are more complicated than those seen on the screen.
In 1970, children began watching tv regularly at about 4 years of age, whereas today, children begin interacting with digital media as young as 4 months of age in 2015, most 2-year-olds used mobile devices on a daily basis and the vast majority of 1-year-olds had already used a mobile device. These and other recent studies suggest that media have negative effects on children's eating habits by increasing craving for junk food and fast food and increasing snacking while watching tv. Tv, internet affect kids' weight and sleep also highlight the media's negative effect on children's sleep found children who had a television in the bedroom watched more media and were.
Hundreds of studies of the effects of tv violence on children and teenagers have found that children may: become immune or numb to the horror of violence begin to accept violence as a way to solve problems.
Today’s generation of children and adolescents is growing up immersed in media, using platforms that allow kids to both consume and create content, including broadcast and streamed television and movies sedentary and active video games social and interactive media that can be creative and engaging for both individuals and groups and even highly immersive virtual reality.
Television has the potential to generate both positive and negative effects, and many studies have looked at the impact of television on society, particularly on children and adolescents (1,2) an individual child’s developmental level is a critical factor in determining whether the medium will have positive or negative effects.