How can television help students in their studies?

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How can television help students in their studies?

Television viewing is a major activity for modern day children and youth. Studies have shown, for example, that young children in the United States watch approximately four hours of television a day. By the time they graduate from high school, they will have more hours watching television that they have spent in the classroom. Can these hours of television viewing be put to good use? Can television viewing help students in their study?

Actually, the impact that television viewing makes on a child’s academic performance depends not only on how much is watched but what is watched. Another important factor is the age of the child. Studies have shown, in fact, that young children who have been exposed to good television programs actually perform better when they start school than children who have not watched any television at all.

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One reason for this is that some children’s programs are designed to be educational. For example, Sesame Street, which is aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years old, teaches the children about letters, numbers, and shapes. The lessons are presented using methods and materials which will appeal to the children, such as funny puppets, cartoon clips, and songs. For young children, exposure to programs like this will be a good preparation for preschool.

Older, school going children may also benefit from certain television programs. Many countries have education television programs, specially designed to reinforce the lessons taught in school ...

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