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ERIC Number: ED377468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Television and Reading.
Shaughnessy, Michael F.
While the influence of television on reading has only been minimally researched, it is obvious that the more television watching children do, the less time is spent on reading. Over 10 years, the cumulative effects of television viewing can be devastating. Watching television is a passive, receptive activity. Children also watch MTV, rent movies, and spend large amounts of time watching films that contain sexually explicit materials. Reading, on the other hand, is a multifaceted operation which involves speed, comprehension, vocabulary, and retention. Television does not facilitate many of these skills. Many times, parents neglect their responsibilities to their children by allowing their children to watch television rather than spending time interacting with them. Common sense indicates that for children those thousands of hours of watching television could be put to much better use reading, studying, writing, or playing and interacting with other children. Passivity caused by television viewing carries over into the classroom as the child expects to be "spoon fed" as he/she has been on TV. Several technological devices can assist parents in weaning their children from massive amounts of television viewing. Lesson plans, activities, and educational endeavors exist to encourage responsible watching for educational growth and stimulation. (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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