Watching television is one of the ways many people choose to unwind after a hard day’s work. While television is a major source of entertainment the content depicted including violence and adult content in television can have negative effects on the viewers. Many children end up watching television even before they start school and so television has a huge impact on their impressionable minds. Even infants and toddlers watch around 2 hours of television per day. For kids under the age of 6 the time spent in front of the television is also around 2 hours while kids and teens tend to spend as much as 4 hours in front of the television besides spending some time at the computer.
Television can be used to impart education where children learn the alphabet but as they grow older they tend to spend far too much time and this in turn interferes with their normal activities such as playing with friends, reading and doing homework.
If you have discovered that you child has seen pornography, it is normal to feel alarmed and protective. Prolonged exposure to pornography can have long-term damaging effects on your child. While there is nothing that can be done to help your child “unsee” what they have “seen”, the best course of action may be address their online viewing choices in an age-appropriate conversation being careful not to over react or choose language that may cause shame or guilt. For suggestions on how to have and start an age appropriate conversation on exposure to pornography click here .