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« on: October 03, 2012, 03:35:59 PM »
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  • Deprived of Nature, Kids Exposed to 'Shocking' Amount of TV
    - Common Dreams staff
    In addition to the troubling 80 minutes of TV that the average child in the United States watches each and every day, a new study released on Monday found that the amount of "secondhand" exposure to television for young children was "staggering" and should be of additional concern to parents and pediatricians both.


    So-called indirect or "background" TV exposure can detract from play, homework, and family time, a new study finds. (Photo: Getty images)
    The study, Background Television in the Homes of US Children, which appeared in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered that the average child between 8 month and 8 years old is exposed to 232.2 minutes (nearly four hours) of this secondhand television on a typical day. Averages were even highest, they found, among young toddlers, African American children, and those who had televisions in their bedrooms.

    Although other recent research has shown the negative consequences associated with background television, the new study focused on determining "how much" of this exposure children were receiving by asking parents to keep of kids' exposure with a 24-hour time diary. The amount of exposure for the average child, they said, was "startling".

    “When we saw the numbers, we were just shocked. The sheer amount of exposure is shocking,” said researcher Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, PhD, an associate professor of communication research at the University of Amsterdam and one of the report's authors.

    According to other studies cited by the report's authors, background television creates distractions, both audio and visual, that can detract from the developmental benefits of play time, homework, and family time. Over time, the exposure may have possible consequences for kids' well-being, it the report said.

    "From a research perspective, I would be very concerned," lead author of the report Matthew Lapierre, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, told CNN. "I think (background TV) is something that researchers need to spend more attention to, to understand and unpack."

    Tying this report to a recent study by the David Suzuki Foundation in Canada might confirm a growing suspicion among many in the society who think that children are increasingly exposed to electronic media in a manner that is impacting their ability to interact positively with the natural world.

    According to that study, entitled Youth Engagement with Nature and the Outdoors, "Seventy per cent of the youth surveyed spend only about an hour or less per day outdoors."

    Lamenting those findings, David Suzuki himself wrote that if society cannot reverse the woeful trend of kids spending endless hours in front of television and computer screens with less and less time exploring and enjoying the outdoors, there may be an entire generation of young people missing a love of nature he thinks is key to the desire for future environmental challenges.

    "After all," he writes, "people are more likely to look after something they have come to know and cherish."

    And, as Suzuki concludes, kids should be encouraged to shut off the television sets and go outside: "Our survival may depend on it."
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    « Reply #1 on: October 03, 2012, 03:39:34 PM »
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  • Too bad this article is putting an environmentalist spin on things.  There are serious spiritual consequences to watching too much TV and that aspect goes unaddressed.


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    « Reply #2 on: October 03, 2012, 03:51:27 PM »
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  • Their best point was that benefits from time spent playing, studying, and interacting with family are being lost, with all the TV on in the background.

    I fully agree. I remember trying to do homework in a house with the TV on -- it's like trying to be recollected in a Las Vegas casino.

    Either a house promotes

    recollection/study/deep thought/meditation

    or it doesn't. Woe to the houses that physically prevent these things.
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    « Reply #3 on: October 03, 2012, 07:39:28 PM »
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  • Is there something wrong with  caring about the environment?
    Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthen by the same Spir

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    « Reply #4 on: October 03, 2012, 09:53:56 PM »
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  • Quote from: Sigismund
    Is there something wrong with  caring about the environment?


    Caring about the environment is great.  Acting like the main thing wrong with children watching too much TV is that it is bad for the environment shows confused priorities.


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    « Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 05:44:56 AM »
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  • If the children are watching too much TV it is becausse the parents allow them.

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    « Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 10:46:08 PM »
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  • Quote from: Jaynek
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    Is there something wrong with  caring about the environment?


    Caring about the environment is great.  Acting like the main thing wrong with children watching too much TV is that it is bad for the environment shows confused priorities.


    Okay.  True enough.  Thanks.
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    « Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 01:57:38 PM »
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  • I try to limit tv as much as possible for my 2 daughters, but I do occasionally let them watch some flinestones..also some cartoon called veggie tales which seems to have christian values...and the movie Jesus of Nazareth...let me know if there are other catholic movies or shows that would be ok for them to watch


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    « Reply #8 on: October 05, 2012, 03:05:44 PM »
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  • Quote from: gooch
    I try to limit tv as much as possible for my 2 daughters, but I do occasionally let them watch some flinestones..also some cartoon called veggie tales which seems to have christian values...and the movie Jesus of Nazareth...let me know if there are other catholic movies or shows that would be ok for them to watch


    The two younger I take care of (4 and 2) are allowed to watch a little TV each day.  There are only so many Veggie Tales episodes, and in an effort to try and avoid Dora and Mickey Mouse (mostly due to the commercials) I have been watching some of the EWTN kids shows with them.  Some seem okay, but some were iffy. There was one that I think is called "The Friar" that I'm not so sure about.  The cartoon one about the Gospel seemed fine.  

    What I don't like is how my own child sees a TV and just stares. I'm afraid it is bad for her brain development.  I don't have cable and rarely watch TV at home, but I can't control rules for other people.  Modern kids love TV, unfortunately.  
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    « Reply #9 on: October 05, 2012, 03:40:55 PM »
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    I try to limit tv as much as possible for my 2 daughters, but I do occasionally let them watch some flinestones..also some cartoon called veggie tales which seems to have christian values...and the movie Jesus of Nazareth...let me know if there are other catholic movies or shows that would be ok for them to watch


    The two younger I take care of (4 and 2) are allowed to watch a little TV each day.  There are only so many Veggie Tales episodes, and in an effort to try and avoid Dora and Mickey Mouse (mostly due to the commercials) I have been watching some of the EWTN kids shows with them.  Some seem okay, but some were iffy. There was one that I think is called "The Friar" that I'm not so sure about.  The cartoon one about the Gospel seemed fine.  

    What I don't like is how my own child sees a TV and just stares. I'm afraid it is bad for her brain development.  I don't have cable and rarely watch TV at home, but I can't control rules for other people.  Modern kids love TV, unfortunately.  

    You are right to be afraid,kids shouldn't watch any tv until 3 yrs of age at least, they stare at it because tv puts them in a trance..it 's hard i know to keep them off but now if my wife allows them to watch something I don't like I resort to unplugging the connection without them knowing it..I gotta do what I gotta do

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    « Reply #10 on: October 05, 2012, 04:52:24 PM »
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  • The point of this article (and many, many other articles) is that the MORAL dangers of TV are only PART of the problem with TV.

    TV harms older children and grown-ups by wasting time and being a distraction. Not in the same sense that CathInfo is a time waster -- CathInfo requires that you be mentally engaged, and if you post you're actually doing a lot of thinking. Even if you just READ it's like reading a book -- you have to actively participate and think about what you're reading.

    Younger children are harmed the worst -- their very brain paths which will be used for EVERYTHING are harmed by TV.

    Have you ever heard that children running around the backyard playing Tag are forming their brains for problem solving and creativity as 20 year olds? It's absolutely true. Remember that one.

    So the contrary is also true -- vegging out in front of the TV is going to mess them up FOR LIFE. We're talking permanent effects here.
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    « Reply #12 on: October 05, 2012, 05:12:23 PM »
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    I try to limit tv as much as possible for my 2 daughters, but I do occasionally let them watch some flinestones..also some cartoon called veggie tales which seems to have christian values...and the movie Jesus of Nazareth...let me know if there are other catholic movies or shows that would be ok for them to watch


    The two younger I take care of (4 and 2) are allowed to watch a little TV each day.  There are only so many Veggie Tales episodes, and in an effort to try and avoid Dora and Mickey Mouse (mostly due to the commercials) I have been watching some of the EWTN kids shows with them.  Some seem okay, but some were iffy. There was one that I think is called "The Friar" that I'm not so sure about.  The cartoon one about the Gospel seemed fine.  

    What I don't like is how my own child sees a TV and just stares. I'm afraid it is bad for her brain development.  I don't have cable and rarely watch TV at home, but I can't control rules for other people.  Modern kids love TV, unfortunately.  

    You are right to be afraid,kids shouldn't watch any tv until 3 yrs of age at least, they stare at it because tv puts them in a trance..it 's hard i know to keep them off but now if my wife allows them to watch something I don't like I resort to unplugging the connection without them knowing it..I gotta do what I gotta do


    Why don't you just throw away the tv?

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    « Reply #13 on: October 05, 2012, 05:22:57 PM »
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    AAP says zero screen time children under 2, and 1 - 2 hours max for children and teens.


    The father of the family I work for is a pediatrician, but their children are over 2, so they've decided a little TV is okay. I'm really not in a position to argue with their rules. They are doing me a favor by letting me bring my child to work. It isn't a perfect job for a number if reasons, but no job is. I just need to distract my daughter better when they watch a show. 30 minutes of Veggie Tales can't be worse than daycare.
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    « Reply #14 on: October 05, 2012, 07:17:48 PM »
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  • It's good to see there is some awareness of how TV is a detriment for children.

    You know, poison is a bad thing too.  How much of that is okay to consume?

    The article is all about having the TV on all the time (background TV).  If it never

    gets turned off, then IT is what controls YOU.  You have surrendered your children

    to being raised by whoever it is that decides what is on TV, and they're largely

    homos, atheists, materialists, Communists and degenerates.


    Beyond that, the act of watching TV gives your thinking process over to control by

    an outside mechanism.  By the time you realize what you are seeing is something

    you don't want to see, it's already in your mind.  This happens continually, and so,

    the more you watch any TV at all, the more you turn over your decision making

    power to an outside influence.  And this can be addicting.  The more you do it, the

    more you want to do it.  


    Fr. Pfeiffer mentions this in a recent sermon.  He said that a spiritually dead man

    likes to go to a bar or a casino or a restaurant where there is a constant din of

    background activity and noise, because then he is under the illusion that he is

    "alive."  When in Scripture it describes a dead man being carried out to be buried,

    it is describing a spiritually dead man in an environment of movement, but it is

    only an illusion of "life," for the movement is the pall-bearers carrying his coffin.

    Likewise, when we have the TV on or the radio, or we are among a crowd of

    people, we can feel like we are "alive" and the distraction of this movement

    around us takes our mind off of something that could be of great benefit for us,

    like our examination of conscience, or contemplation of the teachings of the

    Church, or the mysteries of the Rosary, or the lives of the saints, or something

    that God would like to say to us.  The voice of God is never loud, and so it is

    most easily overridden by ambient noise.  


    It seems to me that cell phones are contributing to this as well.  How often do you

    go to a public place and someone is talking on a cell phone, in a volume of voice

    loud enough for everyone nearby to hear them?  Other people standing next to

    each other, having a "real presence" communication cannot be heard, but the

    lone person on a cell phone is audible by everyone at hand.  And have you

    noticed that they tend to talk on their cell phone turned to face the most number

    of other people, any one of whom has absolutely NO interest in what the cell

    phone conversation is all about?  This indicates to me the selfishness inherent in

    our fallen nature.  I cannot imagine any saint doing this.  If a saint were to use  

    a cell phone, he would seek a private place where no passers-by would be

    disturbed by his private conversation.


    Similarly, any saint would prefer to have no TV at all, due to the imposing nature

    of its temptations to sin, even in commercials.  A saint would be very concerned

    that precious time is being wasted, time that can never be recovered, and we only

    have a limited number of minutes in our lifetime, after which, we face eternity and

    our particular judgment:  What did you do with the time you were allowed?  You

    sought "entertainment?"  And how did this "entertainment" affect them?  Was it ever

    a near occasion of sin?  Or, was it always the occasion of sanctification?  


    Obviously, the latter is ridiculous.  The converse is true.  TV viewing is always

    the near occasion of sin.  It's only a matter of degree.  The temptation for sin is

    constantly lurking in the next second or two of what is coming, and you almost

    never know in advance that it is soon coming.  But if you have seen a particular

    series program in the past and have found it especially full of sinfulness, your

    decision to watch it again is nothing other than deliberately putting yourself into

    a sinful environment, where you know you will commit sin, even if it is in thought

    alone. Mortal sin by willful thought is quite common.  The act is the conscious

    decision to watch a program that you know will give you occasions for sin that

    you will be unable to resist.  It's like getting drunk.  You know you might do

    something under the influence you would not have done with clearer judgment,

    therefore getting drunk in the first place is a mortal sin.  Well, then watching some

    TV programs is a mortal sin, too.


    In a truly Catholic society, such TV programs would be illegal.  But we can see the

    path that our society has taken "under the influence" of TV viewing.  Standards of

    decency have declined.  It is now at a kind of turning point, where the question of

    "pornography" on TV is being raised, in the context not of the objective morality

    of the thing itself, but in whether it is related to an adult perpetrating sexual abuse

    of minors.  But this is just a phase, because if the sodomite activists get their way,

    sexual perversion will become the norm, and anyone opposed to it will be the new

    so-called criminal.


    There was a news item on the radio just yesterday, when a police detective was

    being interviewed on the air.  The case at hand was (and is) the situation where

    some pre-teen girls, apparently about 10-14 years old, had made a video with

    their friends, and had posted it on YouTube.  The video was garnering a lot of

    attention, so this particular radio station, a major entity in radio without question

    with millions of listeners ("...more stimulating talk radio!"), posted a link for the

    video on their website.  They would never have done this without legal counsel,

    of course.  The video depicts these children moving and "dancing" with each other,

    fully clothed, but in a manner that obviously imitates the movements of sexual

    intercourse.  


    The primary concern of the police detective was not that the video was immoral or

    "pornographic" - and she said it in fact did not meet the test of pornography, and

    therefore is not pornographic - but that due to the content, it seems likely or at

    least dangerously probable, that some adult is somehow involved, such that this

    video becomes evidence of the aftereffects of child sexual abuse.  The crime,

    then, has nothing to do with what the video portrays, but is only some other thing,

    something else that may be going on, something for which this video is

    circumstantial evidence.  


    The detective mentioned that the police department would like to see parents

    aware that this kind of thing is going on, and that they should teach their children

    that making videos like this and posting them on the Internet is "not a good idea,"

    but the whole issue of the morality of behaving, like the video shows, in the first

    place, whether or not it is recorded on any medium, is entirely missing from the

    discussion.  


    Can you imagine any chaperone of our youth countenancing such behavior?


    Now, this is Internet we're talking about, not TV, but it is very much related, for we

    now have TV "on demand" which allows the viewer to select what items to watch

    from an enormous list of available movies, shorts, cartoons, newsreels,

    documentaries, or whatever.  I hope I don't have to convince anyone that there is

    no man alive, or boy of the age of reason, even pre-pubescent in our age, who

    would not be tempted to impure thoughts by setting eyes on such a video.  As

    such, the video might belong to a middle category of "quasi-pornography" which

    could be all the more pernicious by the fact that there is no laws against it, even

    though it is entirely just as likely to induce acts of willful and serious sin in the

    hearts and minds of its viewers as is full-on X-rated fare. In one way of thinking, it

    could be MORE dangerous to souls because it "flies under the radar," and since it is

    not legally objectionable, the fallen nature of man will likely take that as an

    excuse to watch it without scruple, because it qualifies as "entertainment."  



    WESTERNS

    We already have the morally deplorable "Westerns," where Godless murderers

    treat human life with utter disregard and of no value. People get shot with lead

    slugs almost a half inch in diameter (0.45 inch is .45 caliber, as in Colt .45) and

    their dead bodies are usually left on the ground while the camera drifts away

    to follow the charmed life of the murderer.  Viewers excuse the whole thing

    because they know that on the set, after the camera turns away, the "dead" rise

    again, dust themselves off, and go to Makeup to prepare for the next "scene."

    All the while, viewers are convinced that "good, old-fashioned values" are all

    over Westerns, making them feel like they are performing some kind of holy

    act by watching them. The devil wins big time on that one.


    So, as a culture, we are well-prepared (by the devil!!) for this new wave of events,

    in which fully-clothed pubescent girls and lurid boys move and act as if they

    were engaging in "sex" (our oversexed society has dropped the rest of the letters,

    "-ual intercourse" probably because, "sex sells").  This is happening on TV shows,

    at school talent shows, "fundraiser events," pop music "concerts," and TV sitcoms.

    Our children are being slow-cooked in a moral cesspool, just by the act of being

    involved with society at large, in a new degree that would make your

    grandparents turn over in their graves, even if they were Protestants!  


    And it is inherently linked to the reality of what goes on when a viewer watches

    a TV screen, or a movie screen, or an Internet computer screen.  The images go

    into your mind's eye before you have the chance of deciding whether it is

    something you want to see, or not.  Therefore, the act of watching TV in the first

    place is the problem.  And the more people watch TV, the more immoral our

    culture will become.  


    I haven't even mentioned violent video games ........................................








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