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Have you ever noticed your two year old trying to imitate what is being shown on the television? Toddlers have this habit even if the content of what is being shown cannot be understood by them at such a young age. Have you ever tried to think seriously over this issue? It may seem very normal but it is in fact something to be really serious about. If the content which is shown is aggressive in nature then what if your kid imitates it as well? Have you thought about the consequences?
The creativity of a child may also get restricted with an overdose of television. On top of it, television is something which is addictive and children cannot part with it easily. Poor academic performance and obesity problems have also said to have been linked with watching too much of television. It has been shown by a research that in an Indian household the television is turned on for almost seven hours in a single day. As a result kids watch television for around 24 hours in a week which is equivalent to one full day.
TV as well as video games has a high record of showing violence which adversely affects the mindset of your toddlers. The attitude and behaviour of children tends to get more aggressive as a result of watching violence on television. Your kid may get influenced by emotional as well as the physical violence that is being shown in movies.
Have you ever given a thought about the reason behind your toddler getting influenced so easily by the violence shown in movies now days? One of the main reasons behind this is the fact that little children cannot distinguish between reality and the world of fantasy. They completely believe what they see on the screen. It is believed by many children that characters shown on TV actually exist.
Children observe things around them and then imitate it. As a result if they watch violent movies it is highly likely that aggressive and rude behaviour would be displayed by them. It becomes a part of their habit to repeat on screen actions. To take an example after Hanuman was released children from all over India demanded the mace and masks so as to re-enact scenes of the movie.
Children are also greatly influenced by superheroes on screen. For example whenever an actor in a movie is hitting the villains your kids try to closely identify with them and their characteristics without obviously knowing the consequences.
At such a tender age children cannot really absorb the consequences of committing a violent act and therefore may start to believe that it is completely justified to commit violent acts. But we need to make our kids understand the fact that violence of any kind is always followed by some kind of punishment. You would not be allowed to roam free after committing some act of violence.