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Television and the internet are bad influences on children

PRO (6 assertions)


1. Prove why it is wrong to have access to recreational television

2. Make a logical plan that will implement the idea of non-access to recreational TV for children

3. Prove why we should completely ban and not just limit children’s use of it

If prop cannot do these two things then they should lose the debate.

1. Assertion: Children get distracted by television, computing, or online resources easily, and this makes their performance at school drop


-Children spend time focused on TV, won’t do schoolwork

-Grades drop because not getting amount of care needed to get good grades

-Forget importance of doing well in school

-Because bad effects TV will have on children will take hold of them

-When child plays and wastes time on computer, intelligence lowers

-These children, though, are the leaders of the future

(EV) 4,000 studies examining TV’s effects on children. The number of hours per school week the average child watches television or is in front of a computer is 40 hours. That is about 2 whole days spent in front of the TV! If that child used those hours to study, he/she would see great improvement in grades.

47% of heavy media users say they get fair to poor grades (C+ or lower), compared to about 23% of light users. Heavy users are 21% of young people who consume more than 13 hours of media a day, and light users are 17% of young people who consume less than 6 hours of media a day-Gallup                                                                                       

2. Assertion: Does not aid socially


-Communicating via computers undermines interpersonal skill development

-Talk online not same as talking to someone face-to-face

-Performance in interviews, in social settings, and in fact-to-face meetings suffers as result

-Time spent indoors could be used interacting with friends outside in person

-Things like “MySpace”, and “Facebook” pose a significant and well-documented threat, not only to children’s safety, but also to their ability to interact in socially healthy ways


Green Meadow Waldorf School has a strict “no media” policy and their students score 11% higher than the national average on math tests and 9% higher on science tests.


3. Assertion: The internet is a very dangerous place and by limiting access to it, kids will have less risk towards its hidden dangers.


-Spam, viruses, and scams are all just some of the many hidden traps aimed at children in the Internet

-By restricting access for 5 whole days, that’s 5 days less per week children will have access to the dangerous internet

-Much safer to go outside and play with friends

(EV) Education Week

4. Assertion: Television teaches children false ideas and helps to create a false reality.


-The media, Internet, etc. separate children from authentic experience and promote a distorted and inappropriate view of world

-By end of elementary school, average child will have seen 8,000 murders and 100,000 other violent acts in media

-In one survey, over 95% of teachers thought TV shows led to increased violence in classroom

-. Children’s cartoons and action programs average over 20 acts of violence an hour

-By limiting children access to it by 4 ½ days out of 7, we will cut back on negatives of watching TV

-Average American spends 8 hours in front of TV a day

-If restrict access so that only can watch TV for 2 days

-Total amount of possible time spent watching TV would be 48 hours in those 2 unrestricted days

-However, by subtracting amount of time needed for sleep, (8 hours), that leaves you with 32 hours in front of TV if the child spends all day in front of TV

-Difference of 8 hours, or one whole day worth of screen time!

(EV) Houston Chronicle

Assertions #5, 6

CON (8 assertions)


Should: should as in “should,” not must. In an ideal world, this is what should happen. Not reality, just in an ideal world

Recreational: Video games or other media bits that do not necessarily teach you something academically. Academically does not include extracurricular activities such as physical education and music.

School week: Monday morning to Friday night

1. Assertion: One cannot enforce this.


-In today’s society, most parents work

-Having parents enforce is just adding another burden to difficult load

-But no one else to enforce

(EV) Logically, it is physically impossible to actually restrict children’s access to recreational television, computing, or online resources during a certain time period. First of all, the percentage of households that possess at least one television is

Physically impossible for entire population of adults with children to restrict their access to TV or computers. 71.2% of families have both parents working full-time jobs-Cato Institute. How can they enforce this if they are already incredibly burdened with their own jobs?

2. Assertion: It is productive to have a balance of fun time and study time.


-Just as much as sports, why can’t TV be part of “down” time?

-Both take mind off school and relieve stress

-Balanced diet, balanced schedule

-In the modern age we live in, much pressure and demand is put on children that children 50 years ago didn’t have

-So children these days have unnatural amounts of stress

-Need recreational TV and computing to be un-stressed

-Balanced schedule is essential


“Constant labor of one uniform kind destroys the intensity and flow of a man’s spirits, which find recreation and delight in mere change of activity,” Karl Marx

3. Assertion: Such an attempt to ban these materials will only serve to instill disobedience.


-Most relevant age group of children affected will be teenagers

-Will rebel

-Want to do what they want to do, and not what they’re told to do

-Sneak out of room at night; handheld devices

-Lead to disobedience and unproductivity as a result of these laws


4. Assertion: The plan to ban recreational TV and computing during the school week will backfire negatively and greatly.


-We learn throughout life what is good and not

-Through trial and error, we will see negatives in recreational TV and computing or get bored of them

-But when deprived of them, we lack that essential part of life, the trial and error part

-So when we are allowed to use TV and computing again, that’s all we will do

-If we ban these materials for the weekdays and allow children to use them during weekends, all they will do is play those games and watch TV

-Waste weekends in front of screen because deprived during school week

(EV) Children who were denied something in their childhood (TV and computer rights) were 68% more likely to use it excessively and even become addicted to it later in life than kids who weren’t denied it-NYTimes

Assertions #5, 6, 7, 8