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TV Affects Sexual Behavior of Teens

Location: Washington, DC

TV AFFECTS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF TEENS -- (House of Representatives - September 08, 2004)

(Mr. PITTS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. PITTS. Mr. Speaker, the programs that teenagers watch on television affect their behavior. Advertisers have known this for years and have cashed in on it.

This week, we have a better idea of how television takes hold of our young people. A Rand Corporation study recently found that children who watch a lot of TV with sexual content are twice as likely to be sexually active as those with little exposure to televised sexual behavior.

Sexuality is pervasive on television, present in more than two-thirds of all programming from innuendoes to actual depictions. Kids become absorbed with the characters in their favorite shows and begin to model their behavior. They are simply doing what their role models do. Sadly, the study found that doing what their favorite characters do results in regret, and they cited television as a factor in influencing their behavior.

In a culture increasingly devoid of positive role models, television is filling the void; and many parents are dropping the ball. Excessive exposure to television hurts our kids. Parents need to turn off the TV before more damage is done to our Nation's kids.

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