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Television - Turning Children Into Zombies
"Children cannot learn to read by watching television. Television is just

Consider the following information:

1John 2:16  
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

If your child watches three to four hours of noneducational TV per day, he
will have seen about 8,000 murders on TV by the time he finishes grade

Television was introduced in 1945.
From 1945 to 1974 homicides in the United States increased by 93%.

American Academy of Pediatrics says, "children in the United States
watch about four hours of TV every day. Watching movies on tape or DVD
and playing video games only adds to time spent in front of the TV screen. It
may be tempting to use television, movies and video games to keep your child
busy, but your child needs to spend as much time exploring and learning as
possible. Playing, reading and spending time with friends and family are much
healthier than sitting in front of a TV screen....Limit your child's use of TV,
movies and video and computer games to no more than one or two hours per
day. Do not let your child watch TV while doing homework. Do not put a
television in your child's bedroom..."

"Media violence stunts, or "retards," kid's brain development: Children with
violent TV, movie, and video game exposure had reduced cognitive brain
Can Violent Media Affect Reasoning and Logical Thinking?

"American children and adolescents spend 22 to 28 hours per week viewing
television, more than any other activity except sleeping. By the age of 70 they
will have spent 7 to 10 years of their lives watching TV."
-- The Kaiser Family Foundation

TV has become the babysitter in the family. Used to be that the child would
sit at the table and talk with mom as she was fixing supper. Now, children
plop themselves in front of the tube and scarcely leave until it is time for bed.
Christians must set higher standards in their homes. TV should not be the
reigning "god" in the home. Less TV and more interaction with other family
members, more academics, more board games which help develop
cognisance. There should only be one God in the home...the Lord God.

We know that the people in TV land are not real. They promote ideals which
are many times contrary to our own. So why then are you allowing your
children to be indoctrinated by Hollywood strangers behind a movie camera?
Children mimic what they see on television. They act it out in their play time.
They believe the lies of the television medium. They are heavily influenced
by the commercials that are thrown at them on a daily basis. Many cartoons
are extremely violent. Even the new movie Shrek 2 is rated PG, not G.

Consider the following information provided by

MovieTitle: SHREK 2
MovieRating: PG
MovieType: New Release
MovieDescription: SHREK 2 Voice Cast: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John
Cleese. Directed by Kelly Asbury. The newlywed couple from the original Shrek film get
invited back to Princess Fiona's kingdom.
Her mother and father are not too happy about having an ogre for a son-in-law and the king
tries to change that. The MPAA rates the film “PG� for
crude humor. Body sounds
and body functions are features of this film. The use of "potions" and drinks to
alter reality
and the perception of reality
also occurs. Sexual innuendo is presented in romantic
embraces and knowing smirks. Some
language is suggestive. Other language is crude
and vulgar
with a few mild words and one use of profanity. Violence between
occurs in the form of punching and kicking. An evil-acting fairy godmother is

What about the cute little Cat in the Hat? Kid stores and restaraunts seemed
to be going crazy marketing this movie for the kids.
MovieRating: PG
MovieType: Video Store

MovieDescription: DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT Cast: Mike Myers, Spencer
Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Alec Baldwin, Sean Hayes. Directed by Bo Welch. In this
adaptation of the
famous children's book, The Cat in the Hat helps two children learn important lessons while
saving their mother from a lecherous neighbor. The MPAA rates the film “PG� for
mild crude humor
and some double-entendres. Mild crude humor includes body sounds and a dog urinating
on a man's food.
Several "adult" references were placed in the film including a character
talking about a garden implement with a name that is also a slang term.

Do you really want your kids to be raised by the actors on TV? Would you
like your kids to repeat crude jokes and in jest, speak of vulgar things? Isn't it
about time that you start raising your kids before it is too late? If you don't
raise them, someone else will.

Phil 4:8  
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things
are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.

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For Further Reading:

Being a Good Christian Parent
Spiritually Childproofing Your Home
What Are You Feeding Your Children?
Children who watch a lot of television produce less melatonin
Berit Kjos Ministries
Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine
eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it
shall not cleave to me.

How often does one resort to sitting in front of the
TV "god" day after day and night after night. Most
would agree that it is a pointless activity,
non-productive and even detrimental to our brain
cells but have we even considered the effect TV has
on the children?
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