The Impact Of Television On Children

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For my annotated bibliography, I have chosen the topic of Telecommunication History, more specifically, television. I will be looking at how television has impacted society since its debut in 1927. More specifically, I will be looking at the effect television has had on children. The idea that television may play a role in children’s behaviour is a very controversial topic.

There are some key factors that determine whether or not a television program has any effect on children. The first one is whether or not the program depicts violent scenes. Seeing violence on television negatively impacts children by teaching them that the violence shown is considered to be acceptable in society.

Another key factor that determines whether or not a television program affects the behaviour of children is if it is an educational program (a program that teaches the child something) or an entertainment program (mainly humorous or violent content). Children that watch educational programs are more likely to succeed in mathematics and sciences later on in life.

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After seeing questionable content on television, they are more likely to think it is normal to replicate the violence in their daily lives, even if the program is a cartoon. Cultivation theory looks at children who view violence on television from a lasting viewpoint. Studies in cultivation theory have discovered that there is a positive relationship between watching television and showing feelings of terror. Children who watch television will also be more likely to be easily persuaded by their peers out of fear.
Rodriguez, Rio, Angela Hilmers, and Teresia O 'Connor. "Hispanic Parents of Overweight and Obese Children and Their Outcome Expectations for Children’s Television Viewing: A Qualitative Study." Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour 45.6 (2013): 1-5. proquest.com ProQuest. Web. 25 Nov.

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