Television is a modern form of mass entertainment which is accessible to a large section of people, including children, because it is free. TV stations broadcast a large range of programmes, from documentaries and sports to reality and chat shows, in order to satisfy as many viewers as possible, increase the ratings and attract advertisers. Unfotunately, some of these programmes use offensive language and shocking or violent scenes and there is a controversy over the need for tight controls or even banning of such programmes.
A strong argument for broadcast controlling is that children watch TV many hours a day and they may be exposed to inappropriate programmes such as reality shows or violent films. It is well known that children tend to adopt the language they hear and imitate the pictures they see and they may become insulting or violent. Therefore, TV stations should broadcast such programmes when children are in bed. Also, the authorities should impose fines and even prohibit broadcasts in case TV stations break the law. However, another group of people maintain that parents are responsible for what their children should watch on TV. After all, contemporary cartoons often show violence and weapon usage, as well as videogames. According to them, the most dangerous form of mass entertainment is, undoubtedly, the network. Thus, control should be exercised on internet surfing, as well.
Another argument of those in favour of broadcast controlling is that some TV programmes disrespect fundamental institutions such as human dignity or minority groups, reinforcing racism, ethnicity or sexual abuse. On the other hand, it is suggested that freedom of choice and freedom of expression should by no means be restricted. These offensive programmes only show the unpleasant side of reality and this is impossible to ignore.
In my opinion, the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Children should be protected primarily from television influence and this is a matter that should concern both parents and the authorities. In addition, human dignity and freedom are fundamental institutions and both should be secured equally. Thus, I believe that TV programmes should be broadcast freely, unless they offend severely one or more angles of human dignity.