Television and Children

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Television and Children
Too Much TV!
TV and Children

Affects are a HUGE concern
 Both positive and negative affects
 A part of children’s lives every day
TV and Society
3 stages of socialization
-Initiation
-Naturalization
-Defamiliarization
Statistics

Average time spent in
front of tv: 38.5 hours
a week
-watching tv, movies,
videos, and playing
video games
 Amount of tv watched
at different life stages
More Shocking Statistics

57% of children 8-16
have a television in
their bedroom
 The average American
child is exposed to
20,000 30sec.
commercials each year

By the end of
elementary school,
children have seen
8,000 murders and
over 100,000 acts of
violence on tv
Motivation of TV Characters

Children are influenced by what motivates the
characters on their favorite shows
 Of the elementary age characters on TV:
-53% are motivated by peer relationships
-36% by sports and hobbies
-27% by romance
-24% by family relationships
-16% by society or community
-15% by school related issues
-1% by religion or spirituality
Negative Effects of Television
on Children
3 Major Effects of Seeing
Violence on Television:
Children may become less sensitive to
the pain and suffering of others
 Children may be more fearful of the
world around them
 Children are more likely to behave in
negative ways towards others

Other Negative Effects

Language
 Sexual Conduct
 Living Standards
Positive Effects of Television
on Children
Positive Effects

Enhanced intellectual
development
-math skills
-reading ability
-vocabulary
 Lasting effect
 Increased social skills
-empathy, selfesteem, sharing
Educational Shows

Can you tell me how
to get…how to get to..
 Sesame Street
 For primary grades
 Enhances:
math
reading
social skills
Other Educational Shows
More Educational Shows
Role of Parents

Be realistic
 Take responsibility
 Rules
 Alternatives
Thank You!
Good luck teaching!
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