Too much television at an early age can also lead to tobacco use and sexual behavior among children, according to the New York Times. Of course, this activity would take place when children get older than pre-school, but early exposure to mature content on television can be partially to blame. A study by the National Institutes of Health also showed that too much media consumption can lead to using drugs and alcohol and not trying very hard in school. The more TV children watch, the more likely they are to be exposed to content that will hurt them.
All of this research makes it obvious me that too much television is definitely bad for children. Children need to get up and play instead of sitting in front of a screen all the time, even if getting up to play means painting on the walls with ketchup. The best thing to do, as a babysitter or as a parent, is to not be lazy and resort to television. Send the kids outside to play if they get too crazy. However, if it’s winter and too cold to go outside, I guess you should just buy some good cleaner to get the ketchup off the walls.