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 4: Television and Children's Fear
Television and Children's Fear
The music sounded interesting, I wasn't sleepy, and besides, our babysitter was watching it…. I was about 6 years old…. The late movie was on and I think it was titled The Tingler—at least that was what everyone called it.
One scene I remember occurred in a bathroom. A man, I think, was going to take a shower. When he turned on the faucet, the water was discolored. I think that then blood began to pour out of the faucet and the man could not turn it off. Then panicked, he ran for the door, which was locked. Suddenly, the sink faucets had blood flowing from them, too. I remember all the horror and how freaked out the man ...