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Help Kids spend about 5 hours a day watching TV !!
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Kids spend about 5 hours a day watching TV !!
by ARUN PRABHUDESAI

Yes, it is yet another survey, but probably a startling and scary one, especially if you are a parent. According to survey released by ASSOCHAM, kids spent about 35 hrs a week watching TV or about 5 hours a day on average.

That’s about 150 hours a month or about 1800 hours a year..that’s humongous !

And believe me, they do not watch discovery and National Geographic Channels, most of them them are hooked on to TV during Prime Time. I am sure you very well know what gets aired on TV during prime time!

Getting back to Assocham Report on Television viewing habits, here are some of the startling findings:
  • 90 percent of parents agree that TV programs are getting worse every year because of derogative language and adult themes in shows that air from 7 to 10 p.m.

  • 76 percent kids enjoy reality shows and 54 percent agreed that they watch something else when parents are around .

  • 71 percent parents are very concerned about vulgarity of shows beamed, while 54 percent are worried about violence depicted on shows.

  • 63 percent favor new regulations to limit the amount of sex and violence in TV.

  • Two-thirds of infants and toddlers watch a screen an average of 2 hours a day, kids under age 6 watch an average of about 3-4 hours of screen media a day.

  • Kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4-6 hours a day in front of a TV screen

  • 76% parents say that some shows encourage kids (ages 4-8) to disrespect parents

  • Television alone is responsible for 10% of youth violence.

  • 86% of parents also feel that the government should step in to regulate sexually explicit television and magazine images aimed at children

I knew that Television was watched widely amongst kids, but if the above findings are anything to go by, this is causing serious damage to generations to come. Imagine a 12 or 13 year old watching Bigg Boss.

Now, there has been a raging debate to one of our earlier posts on reality TV show Bigg Boss, whether it should be banned or not. Now, seeing the numbers above, I shudder to think the kind of influence these show may be having on them!

Note: Above findings are based of interviews with more than 2,000 teenagers and 3,000 parents

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