1. Should art and/or music programs be required as part of the core curriculum in high school?
2. Should states provide more funding for art and/or music programs in high schools?
3. Should drug tests be used/note used in high schools?
4. Do laptop computers, iPads, cell phones, etc. serve educational purposes in the high school setting?
5. Should cell phones be banned in high schools?
6. Should high school students be required/not required to wear school uniforms?
7. Should students be allowed to choose their own courses in high school?
8. Has literacy changed with the dawning of the Internet?
Should SAT’s be a requirement for college entrances?
Should athletes have less homework?
Should there be a limit of tests given in one day?
1. Should movies have a more/less strict rating based on the changing of the times and awareness of youths?
2. Are actors/actresses paid too much?
3. Should actors/actresses take a public stand on religion/politics?
4. Do violent movies impact a child’s life in a negative way?
5. Should extra security be present inside of movie theatres since parents are typically not present when their son or daughter goes to see a film?
6. Should movie theaters offer dinner during the showing of the film?
7. Are movie actors good role models for teens?
1. Do certain television shows, magazines, etc. perpetuate certain ethnic and/or racial stereotypes?
2. Do video games and T.V. shows cause violent behavior in teens?
3. Do television commercials use subliminal messaging?
4. Are kids spending too much or too little time watching television?
5. Does television positively or negatively impact a child?
TV viewing among kids is at an eight-year high. On average, children ages 2-5 spend 32 hours a week in front of a TV—watching television, DVDs, DVR and videos, and using a game console. Kids ages 6-11 spend about 28 hours a week in front of the TV. The vast majority of this viewing (97%) is of live TV
71% of 8- to 18-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom; 54% have a DVD/VCR player, 37% have cable/satellite TV, and 20% have premium channels.
Media technology now offers more ways to access TV content, such as on the Internet, cell phones and iPods. This has led to an increase in time spent viewing TV, even as TV-set viewing has declined. 41% of TV-viewing is now online, time-shifted, DVD or mobile.
In about two-thirds of households, the TV is "usually" on during meals.
In 53% of households of 7th- to 12th-graders, there are no rules about TV watching.
In 51% of households, the TV is on "most" of the time.
Kids with a TV in their bedroom spend an average of almost 1.5 hours more per day watching TV than kids without a TV in the bedroom.
Many parents encourage their toddlers to watch television.
As you can see, if your child is typical, TV is playing a very big role in their life. Here are some key research findings to keep in mind as you decide what kind of role you want TV to play in your family:
TV viewing is probably replacing activities in your child' s life that you would rather have them do (things like playing with friends, being physically active, getting fresh air, reading, playing imaginatively, doing homework, doing chores).
Kids who spend more time watching TV (both with and without parents and siblings present) spend less time interacting with family members.
Excessive TV viewing can contribute to poor grades, sleep problems, behavior problems, obesity, and risky behavior.
Most children’s programming does not teach what parents say they want their children to learn; many shows are filled with stereotypes, violent solutions to problems, and mean behavior.
Advertisers target kids, and on average, children see tens of thousands of TV commercials each year. This includes many ads for unhealthy snack foods and drinks. Children and youth see, on average, about 2,000 beer and wine ads on TV each year .
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