Angara advises parents to limit kids’ exposure to violence on TV

April 15, 2013 10:34 pm 

MANILA, April 15 – Amid reports of minors committing even heinous crimes, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Edgardo “Sonny” Angara on Monday urged parents to be mindful of what their young children are watching by reducing their exposure to onscreen violence and poor quality shows.

Angara, a father of three, said he believed that changing a young child’s viewing habits at home can lead to improved behavior.

“It is very important for parents to understand the potential influence of media violence on our children and how to counteract this effect,” Angara said.

He television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior.

“It is not just about turning the TV off but changing the channel when offensive materials comes out,” he stressed.

The lawmaker from Aurora said children must be encouraged to watch positive shows or educational programming.

Reviews of literature, he said, showed a correlation between children’s exposure to media violence and increased aggressive behavior.

A study published in the American journal Pediatrics in February this year showed that a group of children who were exposed to positive shows reduced their aggression toward others compared with another group of children who were allowed to watch whatever they wanted.

On average, children, especially preschoolers, spend two hours in front of TV. They are also heavily exposed to various media such as videos, movies, comic books, music lyrics, and computer games.

According to Angara, it is important for parents to set limits on the amount of time children spend with the television by removing the TV set from the child's bedroom or encouraging them to play with other children or read books.

Angara is running for senator together with former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Grace Poe under the ruling coalition Team PNoy.

Other Team PNoy senatorial bets include Alan Peter Cayetano, Risa Hontiveros, Jamby Madrigal, Ramon Magsaysay Jr., Cynthia Villar, Loren Legarda, Aquilino Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes. (PNA)



2 Responses to “Angara advises parents to limit kids’ exposure to violence on TV”

  1. Mae on April 16th, 2013 5:22 am

    it would be irresponsible to leave your kids to watch anything they want.. i agree with sir angara

  2. Danny on April 16th, 2013 5:24 am

    kids hardly go out na din kasi with how technology is now eh… i cant imagine the problems this generation or future generations will have to face