ERIC Number: ED096941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Family Guide to Children's Television; What to Watch, What to Miss, What to Change and How to Do it.
Action for Children's Television (ACT) has compiled a comprehensive guide to children's television for parents. Information about broadcasting business, techniques, and advertising is given, along with professional opinions on the value and harm of television, effects of TV violence on children, and the effects and influence of commercials. Parents are also instructed on: ways to set sensible TV rules for children as to times and types of shows; how to judge programs; methods for helping children resist commercials and develop critical thinking about them; and ways to bring about changes in children's programs by writing letters, monitoring programs, and working with both local and national groups. The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) role, policies, courses of action, and penalties are described, along with proposals ACT has made for improved FCC rules and codes. There is a workbook section for the active participation of children in finding their own TV habits, rating programs, experimenting with viewing environments, understanding commercials and their reactions to them, and creating their own productions. The National Association for Better Broadcasting presents a guide to 1974 TV programs with a brief opinion on each one. (LS)
Descriptors: Broadcast Industry, Children, Childrens Television, Commercial Television, Critical Thinking, Evaluation Criteria, Guides, Parent Influence, Programing (Broadcast), Television, Television Commercials, Television Viewing, Violence
Pantheon Books, Inc., Division of Random House, Inc., 201 E. 50th Street, New York, New York 10022 ($2.95)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Action for Children's Television, Boston, MA.