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ERIC Number: ED372770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Pages: 52
Abstractor: N/A
An Evaluation of Children's Television.
Beron, Barbara
The impact of television on the development of preschool children is considered, and some popular programs are reviewed. After a review of the literature on the effects of television, a rating scale was prepared and applied to a number of broadcast (noncable) television shows aimed at children. Ratings were compared with those of 60 parents of preschoolers about the positive and negative aspects of some frequently watched programs. In addition, the author watched some programs in company with preschool children. The review of individual programs, including cartoons, suggests that television is not promoting family values and is not necessarily modeling prosocial behavior for young children. The time children spend watching television could be better spent on other stimulating and developmentally appropriate activities. Parents can select programs carefully and use video equipment to record and show programs with positive values. Monitoring children's television viewing takes extra time and effort but is very important. Parents must take the influence of television on their children seriously. Appendixes contain the rating scale, the program ratings, the parent survey, and Public Broadcasting System schedules. (Contains 9 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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