An Investigation Into Attitude Toward Television Among Children

2283 words - 9 pages

An investigation into attitude toward television among children

OMAR ALALI

2004

Abstract:

This study was conducted to find out the effect of amusing and entertaining programs on time spent watching TV amongst children. The research was done through data was collected from 96 cases (38 male and 58 female, mean age = 11.15, SD = .562 years) with measures of gender, age, time spent watching TV; amusing and entertaining. Overall, the result shows that there were an obvious effect of the last factors on time spent watching TV. Furthermore, the results of this study provide a clear insight into the attitude of children toward viewing television particularly amusing and entertaining programs.

Introduction:

The TV is probably one of the most significant inventions in the last century. Television in fact deemed as equipment which is diffcult to find a house be empty from it around the world. In addition, in spite of the variety of the media and the strong appearance of internet, the television is still obtaining magnificent and huge importance among people from both gender and different ages particularly children.

For today's children TV has become one of the most vital things in their life. Livingstone (2002) pointed out that: "...for most children television remains far and a ways the most popular medium in term of time spent with it...) (pg.60). The television attracts children's attention from nearly age two. This in practice because television combines between sound and picture and thus it speaks directly for eyesight and hear sight. According to The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2004), TV consequently has a deep impact on children behaviour, rather in reality television has become a source of culture and learning nowadays particularly with respect to children. As a result, this has led parents and scientists from different school of thought (psychological, biological, sociological, legal and so on) to pay more attention to its impact on them.

On the one hand, some scientists have argued that TV has serious adverse consequences particularly with regard to violence programs. Several studies have indicated a connection between media and delinquency or violent conduct among children (Cashmore, 1994; Kratcoski 1996; Moore 1996; Gilligan 2001; Connor 2004; Kaufman, 2004). Moreover, according to Healy (1998) and Johnson (1999), TV has a negative influence on brain development and the development of creative thinking among young people. Add to that a number of studies have found that the occurrence of obesity in children is linked with the hours of television viewed as well as watching TV for a long time, is weakening the eyesight (Healthy Eating Club, 2001; Kendall, et al 2004).

On the other hand, some studies (Cashmore, 1994; Abercrombie, 1996; Tulloch, 2000;...

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