Influence of Television viewing on Children

| August 20, 2015

To what extent and with what justification should adult citizens be concerned about the influence of television viewing on children? In so far as there are concerns which you consider to be legitimate, what effective action would you recommend and why?
1.Muriel Robinson in Unit 45 and the associated reading by David Buckingham in Reader 4 provides a critical overview of the literature on children and television.
2.You may want to relate this discussion to that provided in Unit 46 by Guy Cumberbatch on media violence.
3.Please also use the half-unit by Goonasekera in Unit 44(b) includes relevant empirical findings about reactions of Asian audiences to Western television.
4.Please use the sources of Gemma Moss in Unit 43 – shows how the sense which children make of media is ‘mediated’ through talk with peers, parents and teachers.
5.Note how sources of evidence are differently balanced in the relative weight that they give, in their underlying models of communication, to the child viewer as passive receptor or as active user, or child viewer as individual as against a view of the child viewer as a member of a cultural group.
6.Note how such basic differences in starting point may affect questions that are asked and the conclusions reached.
7.Consider to what extent research questions seem to be premised on assumptions about television as negative or positive in the lives of children.
8.How far is it sensible to separate the influence of television from considerations about the influence of other media?
9.Please use Unit 46 by David Buckingham – explores the potential contribution of media education to children’s understanding, production capabilities and critical assessment of media.

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