ERIC Number: ED061703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Television: How to Use it Wisely With Children. Third Revised Edition.
Now that television (TV) appears to be here to stay, parents should not resign themselves to it, but rather thoughtfully manage its use by their children. Children should be provided with play activity to break into the spell-binding hold of the TV set. Also, it is wise to sift through TV programs according to the child's make-up, and provide reasonable limits to children's TV viewing--if a child spends too much time in front of the TV set, his parents should take stock of what else is happening in his life. The violence that children see on TV can be bad for them in large doses, and sometimes it is necessary to keep the child from watching certain programs. Parents should also take care to express their own attitudes when those which TV presents conflicts with them. Parents and children should watch television together: hopefully, this would widen the child's range of interests. For this reason at least, it is not a good idea to give the child his own TV set. It is important that children be given most of the responsibility in budgeting their time around their favorite TV programs, although parents should keep a watchful eye on them. Finally, children are entitled to more good programs made especially for them, and parents should pay attention to this need and support efforts in that direction. (SH)
Descriptors: Children, Commercial Television, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Responsibility, Programing (Broadcast), Social Behavior, Socialization, Television Viewing, Violence
The Child Study Association of America, Inc., 9 East 89th Street, New York, N. Y. 10028 ($1.10)
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Authoring Institution: Child Study Association of America, Inc., New York, NY.