"Television is a bad influence on young people"
"Television is a bad influence on children"
In America, television is a pretty bad influence on the youth of the country. Children and teens spend hundreds of hours per month watching TV, and they rarely learn anything useful. Television today is more designed for entertainment rather than education, which means that children need to spend less time with television.
MSPDP Sample Debate: Television is a Bad Influence - YouTube
Television is a very bad influence because young children of America are being taught how to be violent, and even some movies or TV shows are teaching our young Americans to be a bad student, do drugs, and bully. I am a fan for movies that are against bullying, like cyber bully. I think the society should change the inappropriateness of the television shows today.
This is a sample debate for the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP). Students are debating the topic: "Television is a bad influence." The judge's decision is available elsewhere on Google Video.
Kate Shuster, Claremont McKenna College
Director, MSPDP: Kate ShusterTelevision is a bad influence on young people because it is too commercial. Television channels do not provide quality entertainment but instead seek to attract viewers with sensationalist programs featuring explicit and sex and violence. Kids should instead be reading books or interacting with people their own age rather than wating time watching TV. No, I personally do not think television is a bad influence over kids or adults. Done in moderation, it can be a source of entertainment when there is no money for it otherwise. Someone has a definite problem if they take what they see on TV and copy it and cause problems.It was a remarkable evening in the jam packed junior section hall when usually deserted looking hall came into life when it witnessed the English Debate among class VI students. The debate titled as “Television is a bad influence” was organised by Junior Section English Department as a part of usual school’s curriculum particularly aimed to build up strong mental faculty and to enhance the linguistic skills of the students. One hour contest between the four students was enthralling and competitive as well, but Tenzin Gyaltsen of VI D from the (opposition group) has left different print to the audience and especially the judges, he was vociferous and enthusiastic enough in his views and arguments that has helped him to get the coveted crown of Winner and Tsewang Choedon (preposition group) from the of VI P was equally exorbitant and would surely have left the judges in tight spot with her eloquence, but she has to satisfy herself as a runner up. The event was honoured by the School Director Mr. Ngodup Wangdue and School Principal Mr. Sonam Sichoe and Mr. Tashi Topgyal Headmaster (Junior Section). Speaking on the event the Principal has encouraged the students to utilise such opportunity to sharpen their oratory skills, and he has also emphasised the students to respect and take the most out of such activities. He has also lauded the students for their initiative and efforts made by the teachers to make the event a success. The event was finally concluded with the chairperson’s vote of thanks.