Advertising aimed at children should be banned. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Today children are exposed to various kinds of advertisements, some of which can damage their physical and mental health. In my view, advertising aimed at the next generation should be restricted, if not banned altogether.
Advertisements can have a negative impact on children’s health. TV commercials aimed at children often promote fast food containing excessive amounts of sugar and fat. As children can hardly resist the temptation of such food, they tend to overeat, and consequently their chances of becoming obese grow. By regulating fast food advertising, governments help to safeguard the physical well-being of the next generation.
Advertising is also labelled as the culprit for childhood behavior problems. In an age of consumerism advertisers are trying to make children believe that if they buy this or that product, they will become happier. This leads children to pester their parents to buy them whatever they like. Given that most parents are always willing to satisfy the needs of their little ones, children can develop bad spending habits. They are more likely to spend irresponsibly when they come of age, a problem that may put them under financial strain or even lead to heavy debts.
On the other hand, advertising to children can be beneficial. It enables parents to seek information about storybooks and educational toys, products that help to improve children’s literacy and boost their brain development. Banning these advertisements would make it difficult for parents to better educate their children.
In summary, I believe advertisements that promote goods and services harmful to children should be restricted or even banned for the betterment of the next generation.