Dolby, Nadine, 1964-
B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)
Department of Literacy and Elementary Education
This review focused on television's influences on children in the period from 1970 to 2000. This review is important because of the explanations it presents for the arguments made by numerous researchers about the effects of television on society, and how the influence changed society from 1970 to 2000. A valuable aspect of this review was that if television was considered a medium that changes, and was continually refined, why did only certain issues catch the attention of researchers? Often, in each separate decade, similar types of influences of television on children arose and were repeatedly studied by the researchers. In the 1990s, researchers studied the effect of sitting in front of a television without much activity; however, in the 1970s children also sat in front of the televisions, but their environment was different. In the 1970s, children watched television under parental supervision. Researchers focused their attention upon the contents of viewing material available to children and overlooked the lack of activity television viewing caused. It was the changes in the television viewing environment, the location of the television, and occupants in the room, that were highlighted in my review as television and children watching continue to be studied. This is important because the television environment itself was not given much notice independently by researchers. This environment also explained and demonstrated a reflection of television and the place it fit within society.
Suwalski, Lisa, "Children and television : a literature review of the influence of television on children from 1970-2000" (2004). Honors Capstones. 289.
Northern Illinois University
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