Over time there has been a major debate over television and children. Some think that kids shouldn’t watch it, some say that it is okay in moderation, and others say it doesn’t have any effects. The real debate starts when one starts to talk about the content of the shows. Sesame Street is a show that most would say is for all ages, but is it truly educational? Can kids really learn from it?
Media Choice. Description of media
Sesame Street is a TV show directed towards children. It contains Muppets that experience some of the same problems that today’s children face. They talk about being a good sport, getting new kids in their families, having arguments with their friends, and sharing, just to name a few. While helping children deal positively with the things they are dealing with, the show also has an educational aspect exposing children to letters, numbers, and other pre-literacy items. With all of this being advertised it’s important to make sure that the educational aspect is actually positively influencing the millions of children that watch it.
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Sesame Street’s Affects
Mares and Pan’s (2013) research shows that Sesame Street does have a positive influence on children’s learning overall, but it is not significant enough to say that Sesame Street teaches children. When Mares and Pan (2013) looked at the effects of Sesame Street on low SES (Social Economic Status) children, however they found that it has a significantly positive effect on their knowledge.
When looking at the “Sesame Street TV review” found on Commonsensemedia.com, Sesame Street got 5 stars when it comes to quality. The review also says that it is appropriate for all ages (“Sesame Street TV Review”). If that wasn’t enough the show gets 5 stars for educational value, positive messages, and positive role models (“Sesame Street TV Review”).
Is Scooby-Doo so evil (2008), talks about the fact that children 3-5 can “recognize numbers, letters, and shapes better than those who don’t”. This article also goes on to say that children who watch educational shows increase in creativity, reading, and grades overall (“Is Scooby-Doo so evil” 2008).
Looking at Media as a whole
It’s important to mention the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics states that “Media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2.” (“Media and Children”). This may come of some shock to some people, but the reason given is that children under the age of 2 crave that human to human interaction (“Media and Children”). How about older children, how does TV affect them?
TV provides positive role models for children, and a way to be vicariously rewarded for positive behavior (Berns 2013). Depending on the content it can also teach positive social interactions, pre-literacy, and creativity (“Is Scooby-Doo so evil” 2008). It can give Parents a medium to connect with their children, such as recreating the TV show with them (“Is Scooby-Doo...