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ERIC Number: ED502069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
A Child's Right to Be Entertained
Leidman, Mary Beth
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The purpose of this discussion is to explore the idea that children, like adults, have certain rights that include the basic right to be entertained. A hypothesis was developed supporting the idea that there exists affective value for a child if he or she has the opportunity to occasionally sit and watch media which contains no particular cognitive or educational outcomes. In other words, media in general, and television specifically offers children the opportunity to sit and relax. Not every hour of the day has to viewed as a teachable moment and not all television is bad by definition. There is an implied assumption when adopting this vantage point that no knowledgeable professional is endorsing children interacting with media 24/7 and that the media with which the children interact is age appropriate in its length and content. On the contrary, limits are understood and should continue to be encouraged. However, there should be room in the debate for understanding that children deserve unchallenged time to make choices which might fly in the face of conventional wisdom. It is recommended that parents and educators reexamine their own values in relationship to the value for children in being allowed to make some of their own choices in how and what they find entertaining.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A