Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Television advertising directed towards young children (aged two to five) should not be allowed. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

Children are very sensitive at the age of 2 to 5 and advertisements will adversely affect them. From my point of view, it is vital to protect them from bad influences. Therefore, I agree with the statement that children should be far from TV advertising because it may generate children’s negative behavior and they can imitate unfavorable actions. In addition, children don’t learn many valuable things due to the penetration of ads. First of all, children are not as mature in their initial years of life to understand the real purpose of advertisement. As a result, they are affected indirectly. For example, my friend’s son seeing a toy being advertised forces his parents to buy it. Therefore, under the pressure of announcement children behave inappropriately and do whims. Moreover, children try to copy peers at that very age. In fact, they imitate everything they see and hear. What is more, they unconsciously repeat bad actions unaware of the consequences of their actions. In this case, parents must be very careful, because a child can hurt himself, as well as a younger sister or brother. In other words, broadcast drives children to act badly. Finally, advertising distracts children from receiving worthwhile information from television. A lot of TV programs and cartoons stimulate children to shape their mental abilities and to learn how to differentiate right from wrong. On the other hand, by seeing tempting ads children concentrate on them, rather than on a program or a cartoon. For instance, my nephew likes watching educational and interesting cartoons and an advertisement disturbs him to understand the true essence of a cartoon. As a result, he stops watching continuity and refrains from learning the essential message of a cartoon. Thus, advertisements should be banned in order to convey the vital message of any content children watch at that particular moment. To sum up we can come to the conclusion that advertising has negative consequences on children rather than positive as children obtain and imitate improper behavior and miss the chance of gaining valuable lessons.
Submitted by Tereza Minasyan on
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