Both provocative and controversial, Tuning In to Young Viewers focuses on a key area of media studies. Today, issues such as violence on television and children's dependence on television are continually debated. This volume provides a much-needed overview of the crucial topics concerning the uses and effects of television. Designed both in style and organization as an upper-level text for courses in communication and psychology, it is written by scholars well-known to both fields and particularly recognized for their work related to media influences. Topics include diversity on television, television dependence and its diagnosis and prevention, television and the socialization of young children, children's fear, and other indirect effects of television. For researchers and professionals interested in the effects of television, this book delves into the important topics related to television viewing. The extensive analysis provided makes this text a necessity for courses in media, communication, developmental psychology, sociology, and popular culture.
Chapter 2: Television and Socialization of Young Children
Television and Socialization of Young Children
Public figures, the popular press, and many individuals believe that television is the root of almost every social evil from declining test scores to the loss of “family values.” “I don't let my children watch television on weekdays.” “We don't have a television set” (said with pride). Advice from a former President of the United States to school children: “Don't watch so much television.” Some educators have attacked the medium of television as fundamentally superficial and have argued that it encourages short attention spans and superficial thinking.
At the same time, the public relies on television for its news, its political information, its entertainment. People believe television news more than they believe newspapers. With the ...