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When children are very young, the television already begins to have an influence on their life.
Modern generations have grown up on shows like Sesame Street, Barney and Teletubbies.
Turn on the television and flip through the channels and there is a good chance that you may come across some of the following situations: Each of these situations can affect teenagers differently.
A University of Iowa Children's Hospital study from 1993, states that during the average year, youth are exposed to more than 14,000 sexual jokes, over 1,000 beer/wine commercials and over 1,000 types of crime on television.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
A 2008 study, analyzed the link between teenage parenthood and found that teens who watched sexually explicit television (from simple shows that just talk about a character having sex to shows with soft sex scenes) were twice as likely as other teens, who had not watched much of these shows, to have a baby by age 16.
The study's conclusion prompted that teens see sexually explicit content and assume that everyone is doing it so there are not any significant consequences to sex.
While many of these shows are educational and beneficial to development, when children grow up to be teenagers, and step out of the educational television arena, that is when TV potentially becomes a negative influence.