Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Are today's kids turning into couch potatoes ?

Children who watch TV for hours a day or more are less fit and do less in schools. The problem with watching TV is that it is passive . The viewer just sits there for hours without making any physical effort . It doesn't need much mental effort either. All you have to do is to watch the images flickering in front of your eyes and if you get bored, press a button on the remote.

Compare this with reading a book. You have to read the words and think about what they say as the story develops. As you are reading you will be increasing you vocabulary , improving your spelling and developing your thinking skills . On the other hand it could be argued that there are educational programmes on TV. But unfortunately kids do not watch such programs. Instead they zap the remote control and tune into a quiz show, a crime program or a horror film. Worst of all , they at times watch some disgusting programmes that turns them into more violent and hostile . At times they get frightened and withdrawn.

Another problen with TV is that it is a solitary pleasure. This is made worse by the fact that roughly 35 % children have there TV sets in their bedroom , so they are not watching it with the rest of their family. It is no wonder then , that the couch potato generation has trouble making friends and getting on with people .

And it is getting worse . There is computer on which kids are spending too much of time nowadays. This means more exposure to violence , [ shoot-em-up games , fighting games and Alien blasting games and could allow them to link up to the internet which is totally uncensored and could be very dangerous and disturbing for children of this age.

So perhaps it is time for parents and teachers to start laying down a few rules.

  • No televisions in bedrooms .
  • Not more than one hour viewing per night.
  • Spend more time reading.
  • No TV snacks.
  • Homework must be done first.
  • No viewing after nine 'o clock.
  • Take part in a healthy sport.
  • Join a club such as scouts or guides. The computer should be used for serious and genuine work only.
  • No games allowed on computer.
  • Only parent-approved access to the internet shall be allowed.


  1. BIBLE SAYS :- Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
    Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
    Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.Proverbs 23:12,13,14

  2. BIBLE SAYS :-

    The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.Proverbs 29:15

  3. BIBLE SAYS :-

    Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.Proverbs 29:17

    लड़के की ताड़ना न छोड़ना; क्योंकि यदि तू उसको छड़ी से मारे, तो वह न मरेगा।तू उसको छड़ी से मारकर उसका प्राण अधोलोक से बचाएगा।Proverbs23:13

    छड़ी और डांट से बुद्धि प्राप्त होती है, परन्तु जो लड़का योंही छोड़ा जाता है वह अपनी माता की लज्जा का कारण होता है।Proverbs 29:15

    अपने बेटे की ताड़ना कर, तब उस से तुझे चैन मिलेगा; और तेरा मन सुखी हो जाएगा।Proverbs 29:17

  4. well written
    Yes for tv watching family should have rules.

    70 percent Indians still earn daily 20 Indian Rupees that is less 1 dollar usa

  5. Such rules are in place since the invention of Television.

    And we are here 'mechanically repeating' the same in new platforms like Internet.

  6. I am also victim of what you have narrated in yiur blog.most of the valuable time is lost in view TV and playing games on Tv. Good suggestion.

  7. sahi kahaa hai aapne
    TV hi aajkal bachcho sabse bada dushman hai wo khelne bahar nhi jate hai bas TV dikhalo
    but Sahi aat ye hai k aajkal Maa Baap dono bahar hote apne apne office to bachcho ko manaa kon kare
    Metro citoes me
    abhi akele rahte hai pahle to ghar me Dada Dadi hote the to...............
    Bachco ko b kya kahe???????/

  8. .

    Shivalika ji,

    You have raised a very valid point. More than their interest , they watch TV because of constraint. But in this case parents can develope the habit of reading in them.


  9. nice write
    should be proving
    quite helpful for many parents .

  10. I agree with your opinion. TV serves crime and frustration only. Once, My Nephew, hardly 9 years old, was watching TV, some crime investigation based serial, I switched off TV and suggested him to read books in his spare time to gain some knowledge. I astonished to see that suddenly he stood and tried to lift the TV and cried "I will ruin TV now, if you switched off again". I noticed his frustration that he collected from Crime Serials and connected with his day to day life.
    So parents should be more careful about what the children watching on TV and what is the time period.

    Thanks for valuable post.

    Arvind Jangid,
    Under the Ministry of HRD,
    Govt of India,
    Kuchaman City,
    Distt. Nagaur (Raj.)

  11. a special kind of expression comes from your blog!
    really it's a meaningful and valuable post.



  13. dr.divya ji ,
    you are right .now a days most of the children waste their precious time only in watching TV.Your good suggestions will have a lot of positive affects if applied.
    thanks for the nice post .
    -ज्ञानचंद मर्मज्ञ

  14. social responsibility is now need to be raised.

  15. बहुत सुन्दर अभिव्यक्ति ,अच्छी रचना , बधाई ......

  16. सुन्दर प्रस्तुति
    बहुत - बहुत शुभकामना

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    या हादी
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  18. Only parent-approved access to the internet shall be allowed.......True

  19. Who are those children that you are talking about? So many “NO” in your post. So many rules, sounds like you need to have a policeman in every house.