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Teaching addiction

Unless this society recognizes the dangers to our children from excessive TV and video game use, we will not get a handle on meth addiction, I am convinced. When you use a stimulant or distraction (such as TV) to handle boredom or anxiety, you are developing a pattern of turning to stimulants and distractions to handle boredom and anxiety. Further, when children are fed TV to control their behavior, they don’t develop well because they’re watching other people live instead of using their own imaginations and resources in play, which is a necessary part of children’s development. So they are weakened.

Not only that, but if what the child watches is frightening (as TV often is), then the child carries an additional burden of fear and, therefore, an additional need for comfort and distraction, or obsessive need to prove oneself.

I think this society is undergoing a revolution in child-rearing by TV, and the results do not look good. Increases in behavior, learning and health problems; obesity, depression and, eventually, drinking and drugs, come as no surprise to me.

We can do something about the meth problem by taking back control of our homes.

Janet Bullock

Nevada City

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