ERIC Number: ED437207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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TV Cartoons: Do Children Think They Are Real?
Middleton, Yvette; Vanterpool, Sandra M.
Noting the research finding that children watch an average of 20 to 25 violent acts per hour on Saturday morning cartoons, this paper discusses cartoon violence and presents the findings of a survey examining children's ability to differentiate between real and fantasy violence in television cartoons and the impact of such violence. Participating were 23 third graders and their parents. Findings indicated that 20 of the students watch cartoons before and after school and while doing homework, with 78 percent indicating that they watch cartoons with a sibling or a friend, and 4 percent watching with their parents. "Rugrats" was selected as the favorite cartoon, followed by "Pokemon" and "Dragon Ball Z." Over 40 percent reported that they enjoyed watching characters fight, 26 percent that they liked to see shootings, and 30 percent that they enjoyed viewing characters being blown up, bloodied, or stabbed; no students indicated that they did not like cartoon violence. Fifty-six percent of the students indicated that they thought the cartoons were real. Thirty-four percent of the parents indicated that they watched cartoons with their children. Seventy-three percent of parents reported that they thought cartoons were not too violent for young children. After completing the survey, most parents admitted that they did not have much time to monitor their children's viewing, and that viewing was controlled mostly by older siblings. (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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