Intruders or guests?

   Repeat that children spend too much time watching television sometimes plaintively, sometimes as an element that distorts the work of educators. Surveys confirm that dedication, but it would be unfair to say that children are the ulprits. In any case, infants are victims of living environment, in which the television set occupies a special place not only in the family room, but, on, focuses the attention of the entire family. The private sphere of the family, the individual, is invaded, within the four walls of the house by a gang of suspected attackers, “time suckers” who have not received a specific invitation to sit at our table.

   Statistics show that half of households have more than one television, and almost one third of children have TV in their room, so young people will choose what they see. These data can be interpreted as that complaints are not followed by corrective actions. Thus, it is doubtful that television has an educational use. Before images are received without prior selection, how the child distinguish between fantasy and reality? In addition, the proliferation of devices – to which must be added the computer, video games or Internet – contributes to family isolation: no longer a show that looks at family, but individually, hinder the educational parent.

    On the other hand, is there a sufficient critical education to television, to assess what really should see, or the time you spend on this hobby? The currency of all television is trade, and under this approach all the programming is done, without forgetting the ideological message. Multitude of stations and networks: local, national, regional, municipal, legal
or submerged, compete in a saturated market, is it possible that almost 24 hours
of issuance of each program covered by acceptable quality?

    The lack of imagination is evident: some are copied to others, the same background laughter in comedy, and the same corny jokes, the same video, the same applause trained; amazing presenters of children’s programs; sneaky or overt sex; tear or exploitation of privacy, resulting embarrassment. All this, rooting for dubious characters, fueled by writers and directors, we will offer more of the same tomorrow.

   The number of programs confirms the low intrinsic quality.

   Education, culture, is one of the main objectives of a modern society, even an urgent need. Television is a clear element of cultural influence, you can certainly have many positive effects, but this should not obscure their ability effects. This insight is the job of parents. Turn off the TV is already
a revolutionary act, almost subversive, which may have unpredictable effects. A
peaceful and cultural revolution, if rescued hours of television devoted to reading, to friendly conversation, knowledge of nature.

   Turn off the TV is given an opportunity to apply the heady freedom to escape the control of television and its people have on our lives.

   Agustín Pérez Cerrada

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