ERIC Number: ED425712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Children Who View PBS, 1998 Roper Youth Report--Update. CPB Research Notes No. 109.
The 1998 Roper Youth Report is based on a nationwide cross-section of 1,189 children aged 6 to 17 years. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in the children's homes during April and May, 1998. Children who watch Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) are more likely to read, be active participants and share in family activities than non-viewers. PBS viewers and non-viewers watch the same amount of television. PBS is most popular among younger children (ages 6 and 7). Comparing the data from 1997 and 1998, Roper Youth Reports show that overall, this year slightly fewer kids and teenagers report reading a magazine (30% vs 34%), or non-school book (27% vs. 33%) in the survey week, while slightly higher proportions report using the Internet/World Wide Web (18% vs. 12%). PBS viewers are more likely to read non-school books than non-PBS viewers. Viewers tend to be more active in sports, to participate more in school activities and are also more likely to belong to groups outside of school. PBS viewers are more likely to spend time with their family than non-PBS viewers. Viewers' parents seem to have a strong influence on their childrens' personal choices and are important decision makers. Children who watch PBS also report more frequently that their families have stricter family rules. Online usage among children 8-17 is on the rise; children who watch PBS are more likely to use computers than non-viewers. They are also more likely to say they look forward to going to school. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Washington, DC.