Since time immemorial, amazing inventions
have been made by great minds to make this world a better place to live in and
our lives much simplified than before. John Logie Baird’s invention of the
first ever working television in 1925 opened up an entirely new communication
medium to share thoughts, news and entertainment. Since its invention,
television is now considered a necessity in every household even is a tiny
village in a vast developing country.
Families have had rituals of sitting
together in front of the telly for that one show that gripped the hearts of
many across the country. Those well-thought of shows of the past have now long
become a history as television now teaches violence and unacceptable forms of
behavior, all in the name of entertainment.
With a plethora of television channels,
today’s youth is exposed to all sorts of information
at a simple click of a button.
Youngsters are increasingly becoming couch potatoes and adopting an unhealthy
lifestyle as they waste their lives lazing in front of the television watching
meaningless shows, and movies.
Beyond doubt, television has a potential
to isolate people, promote violent behaviors and stigmatize people as social
outcasts. But it also has the power to unite communities, provide useful
information, dissolves boundaries by offering world news and promotes cultural
and social changes. Parents should make sure that the youth of today sees
television as a powerful educational tool that has the ability to inspire and
The youth mostly sees television as an
entertainment platform. It is the responsibility of the parents to make their
children realize that it can be an important educational tool capable of
assisting children’s intellectual development. Educational programs such as
those dealing with how processes and systems relating to different aspects of
life, nature, inventions, and discoveries work make youth aware of how far we
have come in knowledge and wisdom levels since the inception of human race.
Another positive impact of television is
that it has resulted in a global village. The youth can have a grip on what is
happening around the world sitting right in front of the television in the
comfort of their homes. The social and political impact of news channels has
increased awareness of political systems, and rights and responsibility. Youth
can be aware of consumer rights and move towards global diversity and harmony.
The music industry and other
entertainment programs have also created a cultural impact on the youth. Youth
can learn about their culture as well as be exposed to other cultures from
around the world. Moreover, it is an emotional art form that depicts every kind
of emotion. Music can bring about like minded souls together who share common
Whether your child is a two-year old or a
college-goer, television can offer much more than you can imagine. The key is
being exposed to the positive side and using it as a learning and skill
development tool. TV can be an excellent entertainer as well as an educator.