Too much TV or computer can make kids mentally ill, indulge in early sex

February 3rd, 2009 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Television and Internet have pushed children towards mental illness, violent behaviour and early sex, a shocking new study has revealed.

The survey for the Children’’s Society claims “media-driven consumerism” has an adverse effect on children’’s well being.

According to the Good Childhood Inquiry, kids who excessively browse the Internet and watch television are most at risk, reports Sky News.

“The more a child is exposed to the media, the more materialistic she becomes, the worse she relates to her parents and the worse her mental health,” the study says.

“Children today know, in intimate detail, the lives of celebrities who are richer than they will ever be, and mostly better-looking. This exposure inevitably raises aspirations and reduces self-esteem, it adds.

The survey, compiled by more than 35,000 contributors, found that children under the age of 16 spend a total of 3 billion pounds of their own money each year on clothes, snacks, music and video games.

The study claims the upward trend of violence in the media makes children violent and causes tension within the family.

“It seems likely that the upward trend in media violence is helping to produce the upward trend in violent behaviour and also the growth of psychological conflict in family relationships,” the report says.

The report also claims that the media has led to “premature sexualisation” of young people. (ANI)

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