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“A worthwhile effort.” –The Hindustan Times “Children and Television provides a detailed description of the patterns of representation of different groups on children's television programs (including commercial broadcast, public broadcast, and cable) and their potential consequences for the development of people's worldviews. … Children and Television is a readable and interesting introduction to research on children and television by scholars in a variety of social science disciplines as well as media professions.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media “There is much in this collection of 22 essays which will be of interest to anyone concerned with understanding children's interaction with television.” –Media Development “The issues addressed in Children and Television, are of critical importance to us at PBS. Congratulations on completing this thoughtful work. We ...

The Challenge to Improve Television for Children: A New Perspective
The challenge to improve television for children: A new perspective

In this country, academic research as well as public debate on issues relating to children's television usually focus on topics like these: What are the effects of television on children? How can negative effects be reduced? How can positive effects be increased? The provisions of the 1990 Children's Television Act are primarily a result of the research and the debate on these issues. The act seeks to increase the amount of educational and informational programming and to reduce the amount of commercial content in order to enhance positive and to diminish negative consequences of television exposure.

Broadcasters, cablecasters, and syndicators usually focus on a very different topic: ...

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