Lisa Suwalski

Publication Date


Document Type


First Advisor

Dolby, Nadine, 1964-

Degree Name

B.S.Ed. (Bachelor of Science in Education)

Legacy Department

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.


Includes bibliographical references.||Missing page 1.


39 pages




Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

Media Type