TELEVISION AND HEALTH – IT IS EDUCATION’S TURN TO SPEAK

Today, however, we have become spoiled with the great variety of things on offer, unfortunately not all for our good. The demand, even need, for constant saturation with ready-made entertainment suggests that we no longer appreciate what it means to relax in tranquillity and peace. Having reached this point ourselves, we cannot expect to retain an educational hold on our children, for they are good observers and covetous copiers of enjoyment, wanting the same things they see their parents indulge in. A child begins to be demanding when he notices that his parents exercise no self-control. The parents may want to be strict in determining what programmes their children can watch and for how long, yet they are frequently powerless in the face of their children’s disobedience. All these reflections have to do with education, and if we adults let ourselves be influenced by advertising and other pressures we should not expect that our children will want to be any different.

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