Effects of Television Outside the Classroom Research Paper by Alicia Carroll Duvall

An exploration of the effects of television outside the classroom on children's education and development.
# 151585 | 2,971 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper looks at the history of children's programming and discusses how television can teach children specific educational skills and social skills and encourage literacy and their cognitive development. The paper then looks, however, at how television has been linked to increased obesity, poor grades, increased violence, and increased likelihood that the child will partake in risky behaviors. The paper asserts that parents must understand that, in moderation and with the right programming, television can be a valuable tool; however, unmonitored and unlimited access can result in significant negative effects.

History of Children's Programming
Television as a Motivating Factor for Young Readers and Writers
Television and Cognitive Development
Television and Learning
The Negative Effects of Television on Development
Television and Violence
Television and Risky Behavior
Television and Obesity

From the Paper:

"Children's programming began in the 1950s as televisions became a part of the American household. By 1951, there was up to 27 hours of children's programming on the networks' schedules. These early forays into children's programming echoed the successful radio programming for children and centered on action-adventure. By the mid-1950s, children's television had established itself in the Saturday morning slot, and by the end of the decade the 30-minute, weekly format was popularized. In the 1960s, the Saturday morning cartoon became the staple of children's programming ("Children and television", 2008).
"Although the revolutionary Sesame Street, that would forever change the face of children's educational programming, came on the air in 1969, the bulk of children's programming in the 1970s continued to be the low-cost, highly watched cartoon format. The advancement of cable and the VCR saw children's programming moving beyond the national networks and cartoons, to include game shows, live action, drama/adventure shows, and more. The Children's Television Act of the 1990s was reflective of the concern parents and educators had about the increasing numbers of hours that children were spending in front of the 'boob tube'. In response, an increase in educational shows joined the television line up, with "eight of the nine Peabody Awards for children's programs (awarded) for informational or educational programs" ("Children and television", 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chang, H. & Nayga, R. (Jul 2009). "Television viewing, fast-food consumption, and children's obesity." Contemporary Economic Policy, 27(3). Retrieved November 14, 2009, from Business Source Complete.
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