Dateline: 4th November 2008 England, UK
From: BBC UK news pages
Via: The Honor Network
Priority News Exchange Program News Item (PNEP)
Watching sexually charged TV shows connected with teenage pregnancy. Surely not? But that is not the cause, merely a connected symptom. It is likely that the need to watch that type of show is greater in children where there is no love at home. The opportunity to watch that type of show is greater in households where the parents do not care about the children and allow them a TV in the bedroom and to allow them to watch whatever they like.
Thus again it is more likely connected with households where there is no father present and the single mother is lacking in capacity as a parent. Improve the quality of parenting, improve the quality and amount of interaction between the parents and children and they will watch these programmes less and be affected less by them. It still comes down to the fact that children who get appropriate love and affection from their parents are less likely to go looking for this outside the family and less likely to believe that they need a baby in order to find someone that loves them unconditionally.It does however show that television has a disproportionate impact on the people who watch it. It is not before time that the impact of too much television and inappropriate television out of context is studied. I am of the opinion that when people turn on the television they turn off their brains. The television washes over them and they are subconsciously brainwashed by what they see. The programme makers have tremendous power and are not normally using this power constructively or wisely.I believe that people should strictly limit the television and only watch programmes that make you think. Otherwise it is like a drug – takes away the pain of your daily grind for the time you watch it. When you switch off you are less able to think for yourself.
People should be encouraged to replace television use with Internet use as the Internet is largely interactive and you can watch and read what you want to read without being dictated to by the prejudices and whims of the broadcasters. There are strong signs that particularly younger people are doing exactly this. Switch off the TV and set yourself free!