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Viewing movies or shows with explicit scenes 'desensitises' parents

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Updated : March 20, 2015 6:28 PM IST

The television is one of the biggest sources of entertainment and relaxation. However, it can have many possible side effects on kids. Researchers have revealed in a report that when it comes to sex and violence, parents can also be held responsible. The more parents watch TV shows or movies with explicit scenes, the less they care about what their kids can watch.

Researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Centre at the University of Pennsylvania showed 1,000 parents six different film clips from movies rated R and PG (parental guidance) such as 'Terminator', '8 Mile' and 'Taken 2'. After each scene which either showed violent or sexual conduct, they asked the parents what age a child should be before watching the particular movie. The team found that parents became 'desensitised' as the violence grew and sexual activity increased.

'The rise of violence in movies with parental guidance means that lots of kids are able to go into movie theatres and see explicit violence,'said Dan Romer, associate director of the Annenberg Public Policy Centre. After viewing the first movie clip, respondents thought the minimum age to see a movie with that kind of violent content should be 16.9 years on average and 17.2 years old for sexual content.

After watching the sixth and final scene, parents grew more lenient, deeming 13.9 years acceptable for violent films and 14 years for sexual ones, researchers noted. The findings, reported by the website Variety, are to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

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If you do not regulate your children's television time, they can suffer from many other side effects. It can cause damage ranging from attention deficit disorder to shorter life span.

  • Viewing of television can numb your kid's mind as it can prevent him from thinking analytically.
  • Kids who watch a lot of televisions face problems concentrating in schools and listening to teachers.
  • Television can expose your kid to violence, alcohol and drug and can promote negative behaviour.
  • Watching television also affects a kid's athletic ability.
  • Television can hamper the vision of your child and his hearing ability. Spending long hours viewing the screen may narrow the artery in the eyes.

With inputs from IANS

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