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Can Educational TV Shows Improve Academic Performance?
By Doctor Who Online

We are professional TV-viewers. Even our children learn how to use a remote before they learn how to count. But can TV be educational as well as entertaining?

Educational TV Shows
Television is an inherent part of our lives now. We are used to watching TV programs at home, on public transport, at the hairdresser’s, and even at school. However, only a minor part of the content we consume can be considered useful. Educational programs are meant to improve our academic performance by presenting information in an interactive manner. But, is this information useful, and does our academic performance really improve after we watch educational television shows?

Life lessons
Most of us loved watching programs for kids in our childhood. But do you actually remember getting anything useful out of such shows? Unfortunately, television and child development are closely connected nowadays. The content that the children consume has a profound impact on their personality development. According to Techaddiction, modern kids begin to watch TV at the age of 9 months and consume an average of 53 hours of television daily. Thus, the tube becomes a kind of a babysitter for them, having both an adverse and positive impact on their mental health.
Educational channels can not only entertain your child when you are busy but also teach them how to deal with everyday life challenges. For example, Dora the Explorer teaches kids how to use some basic tools to orient themselves in nature, as well as helps them understand that stealing is wrong. Another example is the National Geographic channel with the help of which children can learn about animal species inhabiting our planet.

Moral lessons
Pre-school children watch television differently from adults. They are too young to understand how the beginning and end of a story are connected and why the characters treat each other this or that way. Thus, they just remember short episodes lasting up to ten minutes. Usually, these scenes are what affect children’s behavior, and if they watch too many TV shows that contain scenes of violence, they make the conclusion that being aggressive for no reason is typical. says that children exposed to educational shows tend to be more hostile than their peers. The bitter irony here is that children become aggressive through watching educational TV shows. In other words, they do not assault each other physically, but try to exclude peers from their social milieu. Social researchers concluded that this type of behavior, which is called latent aggression, causes a negative impact on a person's social skills in the future.

Leisure and pleasure
Both high school and college students frequently get tired of home assignments. When it comes to leisure, watching TV is one of the most favorite pastimes among children and teenagers. They can also ask a question “Who can do my homework for me?“ and have specialized agencies do their home tasks for them. This way they get more free time for watching their favorite TV shows.

As an entertainment tool, educational TV channels are quite a competitive alternative to other options. They do not require the viewers’ involvement, thus giving them a possibility to totally relax. Shows like these improve the general development of a person by depicting facts they cannot personally observe. The last but not least is that educational TV shows also prevent young people from watching violent movies or political talk shows, thus providing them with an opportunity to watch quality content.

Remote teacher
Whatever your child is interested in, there is a TV show that is dedicated to that subject. Nowadays, IPTV networks provide their viewers with an enormous variety of television master classes (e.g.pottery craft). By watching these programs, children concentrate on learning a craft and pick up useful skills in the process.
What is more, interactive lessons are available for adults as well. And the best thing about them is that they require no effort on your part! You can learn how to fish, hunt, repair your car, or ride a horse just by watching TV. However, any theory should be backed up by practice, so do not forget to put your newly acquired skills to the test.

It is safe to say that the impact of television on children is quite controversial. On the one hand, educational TV shows can be extremely useful and improve their academic performance dramatically. On the other hand, they need to be scrupulously reviewed and stripped of any useless content. Such programs can play a major part in a person’s development by letting them pick up new skills.

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Page Updated: 9/1/2019

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