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Good evening ladies and gentlemen.

I'm the second speaker for the opposition (negative/affirmative) team and I will be continuing my team's case today that this house believes that television is an effective way to build the minds of children. I will firstly start with some rebuttal. Speaker 1 of the opposing team said, "_______________________________________" I disagree wholeheartedly with your opinion. He/She also said, "__________________________________________" Your words dont hold water. Now onto my debate. The first speaker from our team stated __________________________________ (their points)

My first point is that Television makes children violent and aggressive. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is a consensus developing among members of the research community that violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch the programs. For younger children and teens, they mimic what they see on television. If they see people acting ridiculous or throwing tantrums because they can't have everything they want, it makes an impression on them. I do think that for adults it is a matter of knowing right and wrong ways to act, but children don't know the difference. The older kids shows were so much better than the stupid crap that is on today. Now, yes parents have a say in what the kids watch and how much they watch it, but it is unrealistic for the parent to monitor everything they watch. And as the kids get older (teens), they will have more access to movies and tv shows at friends houses. Also, parents cannot control everything that the child watches, and with the choices of shows today it is not possible to have only one or two shows that the child can't watch. Now, you would only be able to have one or two shows that it is alright for the child to watch, because all the rest of them are crap. Watching violent scenes at an early stage might make the kids scared of the world and find every other human being as mean. Often known as mean and scary world syndrome, it might push them backwards in taking decisions of life My second point is that Television discourages face-to-face interaction among children or families. When TV programs dominate the evening routine, it is likely that family dynamics suffer. Children need to develop relationship skills and the place our children first learn this is at home. Television can decrease interactions with one another, and stunt the development of our family relationships. For an example Children learn how to communicate by watching their parents. If parents communicate openly and effectively, chances are that their children will, too. But now, because of television, everybody will be busy watching it and not communicating. Good communication skills will benefit children for their entire lives. Children begin to form ideas and beliefs about themselves based on how their parents communicate with them. When parents communicate effectively with their children, they are showing them respect. Children then begin to feel that they are heard and understood by their parents, which is a boost to self-esteem. On the other hand, communication between parents and children that is ineffective or negative can lead children to believe that they are unimportant, unheard, or misunderstood. Such children may also come to see their parents as unhelpful and untrustworthy. This children will undergo mental health problems such as hypertension.

In conclusion my team is clearly right in saying that the topic of todays debate that this hse believes this house believes that television is an effective way to build the minds of children is true because of the points I just stated.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I'm the second speaker for the opposition (negative/affirmative) team and I will be continuing my team's case today that this house believes that television is an effective way to build the minds of children. I will firstly start with some rebuttal. Speaker 1 of the opposing team said, "____________________________________ ___" He/She also said, "____________________________________ ______" Your words dont hold water. Now onto my debate. The first speaker from our team stated __________________________________ (their points) My first point is that Television makes children violent and aggressive. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is a consensus developing among members of the research community that violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch the programs. For younger children and teens, they mimic what they see on television. If they see people acting ridiculous or throwing tantrums because they can't have everything they want, it makes an impression on them. I do think that for adults it is a matter of knowing right and wrong ways to act, but children don't know the difference. The older kids shows were so much better than the stupid crap that is on today. Now, yes parents have a say in what the kids watch and how much they watch it, but it is unrealistic for the parent to monitor everything they watch. And as the kids get older (teens), they will have more access to movies and tv shows at friends houses. Also, parents cannot control everything that the child watches, and with the choices of shows today it is not possible to have only one or two shows that the child can't watch. Now, you would only be able to have one or two shows that it is alright for the child to watch, because all the rest of them are crap. Watching violent scenes at an

early stage might make the kids scared of the world and find every other human being as mean. Often known as mean and scary world syndrome, it might push them backwards in taking decisions of life My second point is that Television discourages face-to-face interaction among children or families. When TV programs dominate the evening routine, it is likely that family dynamics suffer. Children need to develop relationship skills and the place our children first learn this is at home. Television can decrease interactions with one another, and stunt the development of our family relationships. For an example Children learn how to communicate by watching their parents. If parents communicate openly and effectively, chances are that their children will, too. But now, because of television, everybody will be busy watching it and not communicating. Good communication skills will benefit children for their entire lives. Children begin to form ideas and beliefs about themselves based on how their parents communicate with them. When parents communicate effectively with their children, they are showing them respect. Children then begin to feel that they are heard and understood by their parents, which is a boost to self-esteem. On the other hand, communication between parents and children that is ineffective or negative can lead children to believe that they are unimportant, unheard, or misunderstood. Such children may also come to see their parents as unhelpful and untrustworthy. This children will undergo mental health problems such as hypertension.

In conclusion my team is clearly right in saying that the topic of todays debate that this hse believes this house believes that television is an effective way to build the minds of children is true because of the points I just stated.

I disagree wholeheartedly with your opinion. Most television shows, including the ones you quoted are not educational, since when did the Powerpuff girls teach us anything? If you look at the television shows nowadays you will not find much in the way of education. Think about Handy Manny, a television show that teaches that the tools are magical and can sing and talk, they can also talk in Spanish and jump up and fix things when told to. What about Jungle Junction, a TV program that shows animals scooting round on wheels, talking, singing and playing games, wow now that is what I call educational. My five year old brother gets bored watching television and complains that the shows are all "the same", good guys win, bad guys lose, everyone lives happily ever after. He thirsts for some decent entertainment, so I tell him to go outside, he agrees and goes and plays happily in the garden. Sure, it is good for children to use their imagination, but to a certain extent only, it gets to a point where you start to worry and re think letting your child gorge on the sad world of television.

Value
Children prefer passive TV-watching. Children generally enjoy cartoons, films and other passive TV programmes thatdo not encourage them to learn or think creatively. Television is mostly directed to films and shows that have commercial purposes but little cultural value:Television has become a temple of mass production, shallow values and stereotypes that have a great influence on modern society. This negative effect spreads with the growing popularity of TV, especially among young people and children. It defiantly changes our society for the worse, trivialising culture and making us all conform to a bland, "Hollywood" model of entertainment in which regional traditions and diversity are lost.

Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight.

Kids who view violent acts are more likely to show aggressive behavior but also fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them.

TV characters often depict risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-role and racial stereotypes.