Without further introduction, here it is :) I have IELTS in two days and I need to check my level...

Many people believe that television programs are of no value for children. Do you agree? Why or why not?
Provide reasons and examples to support your response.
You should write at least 250 words.
Allow yourself 40 minutes for this task.


Since the emergence of TV and its programs, many voices that especially come from worried parents have argued the value of television shows. These parents believe screen shows are useless, and a portion of adults even put effort into restricting how much time their children spend in front of the screen. Others dismiss such statements, on the contrary, proposing many pros that television programmes have on the younger generations, and defending such proposals with researched fact.

One main concern for parents and a big reason behind the bashing of television programs is the increased tendency of “staying inside” among youths watching TV. Basically, children would prefer staying at home to watch TV instead of making friends outside. This may lead to impairing the youngsters’ social skills which are essential for leading a healthy life. Furthermore, television shows like movies and series often contain violent graphics, sexual references and/or a false, manipulated image of the world we live in. The second point is especially outlined by those who don’t want to live in a “conformist world”, where televisions decide what to believe and think.

Oppositely, there are countless TV shows with an educational purpose, a deep, lecturing message and sometimes both. The generations introduced to forms of multimedia have shown greatly superior knowledge to their previous relatives, reportedly related to the effect of having fast and cheap info sources. Many shows work as satirical mirrors of society, and others mainly cherish the ideals of love, compassion and understanding. The power of TV allows reaching out to crowds in ways never seen before. All of that has a direct effect on a population’s intellect.

TV shows do have a lot of cons but to label them as useless is rather bold. Thousands of benefits are gained from having an open source for information, and they can make ground breaking changes if given to the right hands.


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