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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Student Essay 32: Television by Eugenia Kwon

Should children be allowed to watch television? By Eugenia Kwon, Grade 6, ISKL

Today, there is at least one television in everyone’s houses. Most people in developed countries watch television for at least two hours a day. The television has become an important machine to us. They show us other countries, news, history of ancient times and so much more. Sometimes they are useful but sometimes they are not. Watching too many cartoons or comedies isn’t good for us. Moreover, we should watch television for a reasonable amount of time because it isn’t good to waste time. Sometimes, parents tell their children not to watch television. However, I believe that children should be allowed to watch television for several reasons.

Firstly, children should be allowed to watch television because it is educational. There are useful documentaries on some channels. If children watch documentaries, they can learn about other countries’ history and culture. They can also learn about nature and the animal kingdom. There are many channels that can help us increase our knowledge. For example, there is a program in Korea called ‘Master of Study’. This program teaches us how to study. It gives us good tips on how to study for different subjects such as Math, Science and languages. On top of that, children can also learn about current affairs from the news. They will know what is going on in their country and the world. The news also tells us bad things like crime and diseases so we will be careful.

Secondly, students can learn a language more easily by watching television. Students can hear how native people use the language. For example, I am learning Spanish and I don’t get to hear it much because it is mostly spoken in South America. When there are any Spanish programs on television, I watch them and listen to how the language is spoken. Therefore, when a student learns another language, it is useful to hear it. Also, they might hear new words that they can use somewhere else. Whenever I hear a new word, I ask my teacher about it. That is how I improve on my language. Thus, children will be able to speak more fluently if they are allowed to watch television. Hearing a conversation can change their pronunciation and help them develop a more natural way of speaking the language.

Thirdly, television is entertaining. It helps children to relieve their stress and boredom. If students get too stressed, they can become ill. Every day, after I finish my homework, I ask my mother if I could rest for a while. After she says, “Yes,” I either watch television or use the computer. Before starting the next homework, I often rest first. This prevents me from getting stressed. It isn’t good for children to study non-stop because they will get bored of doing their work. Children should rest and play too. Playing helps them to relax. Watching television also helps. If students study all the time, they won’t be good at socializing with their friends. Before I got cable television, I felt so isolated because I couldn’t participate in conversations about television programs. Hence, watching television is also a good way to become more sociable.

These are the reasons why watching television is good for children. It helps children to relax, it increases their knowledge and it is entertaining. It also helps them socialize with their friends. These are the ways television help children all around the world.

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