ERIC Number: ED281616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Our Televisions, Our Selves: Some Thoughts on Children and Televised Violence.
Kielwasser, Alfred P.; Wolf, Michelle A.
To understand television in relation to the issue of children and violent programming, three broad areas must be examined: the child, the parent or primary caretaker, and the medium. Concerning the child, parents should not simply negatively restrict their children's viewing, but should view television with their children and critically discuss the content of programs viewed. Concerning the parent or caregiver, adults should understand that what they do makes a difference; children should not be allowed to become uncritical, unquestioning consumers of television programming. Concerning the medium of television, even though television programs are not the sole determinants of behavioral effects--such as aggression--in children, what children watch does make a difference and what parents/caregivers prohibit matters as well. To help children become competent viewers, adults need to assume that what they do with television is as important as what television does with them. They should discourage public acceptance of objectionable programs, write television stations and government officials, change the channel, and confront the networks, local stations, and the Federal Communications Commission. Most importantly, they should watch television with their children, in order to understand how their child understands television and to develop his or her critical viewing skills. Don't simply turn it off. (RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the California School Age Consortium School Age and Child Care and Recreation Conference (San Jose, CA, February 7, 1987).