Boys 14, aIn this report, the committee characterized infants and toddlers as under age 2 years, younger children as ages 2—5 years, older children as ages 6—11 years, and teens as ages 12—18 Chapter 1. These age categories and terms differ slightly from what is described in this chapter. Census Bureau defines teens as young people ages 13—19 years.
Abridged from the "Television" chapter in "To Kindle a Soul. The contrast between the world's wanton violence and promiscuity on the one hand, and the Torah's pristine standards and sensitivities on the other, must have been astounding.
For those who had seen the dark side of polytheism and yet knew of a brighter truth, nothing could have been as repulsive as cultures of idol worship.
One would think there was little danger of Jewry being drawn into pagan rituals. God did not feel the same confidence.
He saw a vulnerability through which even those who knew both paganism's horrors and Torah's wholesomeness could succumb: If Jewry would bring idols into their own homes, even for aesthetic enjoyment or academic study, they could corrupt Jewish sensibilities.
Traditional Jews long understood that the home is not just a dorm and restaurant: It is the center of the child's world, and it is the heart of the family. As such, it demands protection. Influences that are only offensive on the streets can be deadly in the den.
The Television Question Following in their ancestors' footsteps, traditional Jews guard their hearts, carefully sifting through their generation's popular culture before allowing it through the front door. Their first question has always been, "How will this affect my children?
Nonetheless, it cited what secular scholars would term psychological and developmental dangers. It suggested that these dangers were related to both content and medium, and it recommended that parents not expose their children to television.
At the time, the warning must have seemed provincial at best to those unfamiliar with the uncanny insight of traditional Jewish wisdom. Intelevision research in secular, academic circles was just beginning. The entire scientific literature consisted of only about research papers and a summary report issued jointly by the United States Surgeon General and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Department of Health and Human Services contracted the leading television researchers — professors from Harvard, Stanford, the University of North Carolina, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale — to summarize scientific opinion about television's safety.
Their highly critical two-volume statement4 failed to gain much attention outside of academic circles, but it shook the world of research-psychologists and inspired a flood of further studies about the dangers of television. Thousands of subsequent investigations confirmed the early findings, and today a rich literature documents the negative outcomes of exposing children to television.
CONTENT Most discussions focus on the deleterious effects of television content as opposed to mediumso let us begin our review there. Alcohol Inone out of three high school seniors, one out of four tenth-graders, and one out of seven eighth-graders got drunk at least once every two weeks.
The report of the Surgeon General revealed that alcohol is the most consumed beverage on prime time television shows.
Television characters drink alcohol twice as often as they drink tea or coffee, 14 times as frequently as soft drinks, and 15 times more often than water. New Zealand researchers in fact discovered a direct correlation between frequency of television viewing among 13 to 15 year olds and quantity of alcohol consumed at age The more TV young teens watched, the more alcohol they drank three to five years later.
The Stanford team concluded: The findings of this study have important health and public policy implications… The large magnitudes of the these associations between hours of television viewing and music video viewing and the subsequent onset of drinking demand that attempts to prevent adolescent alcohol abuse should address the adverse influences of alcohol use in the media.
Violence The earliest content-based TV research focused on violence. Between and the average number of violent acts per hour ranged from 6. In the early a, MTV averaged 22 violent acts per hour, half of which involved major physical assaults, assaults with weapons, and threats accompanied by weapons.
Initially psychologists wondered whether exposure to so much media violence would affect behavior. Three early studies suggested an answer.
Brandon Centerwall, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, led a group of researchers in an electrifying cross-cultural investigation. The University of Washington project took advantage of the fact that television was introduced to North America almost thirty years before it arrived in South Africa.
Centerwall and his colleagues compared white homicide rates before and after television's arrival in the United States and Canada with white homicide rates in South Africa during the same period.Read the latest user reviews and ratings of the Sony XBR XF Series and explore the Televisions. Entertainment.
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