The creation of children’s television shows in the 1940s and 1950s offered children pure entertainment and very little smart education. According to Palmer, “there were a few shows that did teach children values and morals, but the true educational television shows for children did not appear until the late 1960s(28). Not only educational shows, but public television shows, dialogue, help in increasing a child’s vocabulary and in improving he/she speaking skills. Therefore, parents should encourage their children to watch more public television today because public television helps children to read. Television supports reading, which in turn to improves language ability.
This stage emphasizes the use of symbols to represent their earlier sensorimotor skills, which is why nonverbal communication is critical and consistently used in these learning television programs (Berk, 2011). Although it is not significant for children to watch television programs between the ages of two and six, the exposure to specific shows may be beneficial. Specifically, focusing on Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues, the information and methods used during the show may help children learn basic social skills, such as the alphabet, number line, and basic social skills. By presenting information from multiple perspectives and settings, the children are able to recognize how to approach different situations. Also, by incorporating real-life experiences such as September 11th and Hurricane Katrina helps the child engage and understand the real-world around them (Gikow, 2009).
Introduction 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?
';(Development of Children 24) Which means that it takes very little effort to follow a television show and kids are raised on television believe that it takes less effort to learn from television rather than books because they have been 'spoon-fed'; information by television. 'Opportunities for a child's imagination to develop are also denied by habitual viewing. '; (Neural Activity and the Growth of the Brain) Children need some unstructured time to allow imagination skills to form by thinking about a book or story, a conversation, or an event. 'Television also conditions a child to dual stimui: sound and images. ';(Neural Activity and the Growth of the Brain) The constant and rapidly changing sound and images can condition a child to expect the level of televisions in other situations.
Educational tv shows such as Jake and the Neverland pirates gives children the opportunity to explore their ability to solve problems while they are during that stage of autonomy verses shame and doubt. During the ages 1-3 years old children uses new mental and motor skills , they want to decide for themselves (pg,13). Children educational TV shows strength
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In ‘The importance of play in early childhood development’ Jona K. Anderson-McNamee asserts that play helps a child learn about obeying of rules and knowing what is expected of them which is essential in their adult lives in the society. Thus, as a child develops and grows while learning through games and fulfillment, they learn how to act and communicate in the society around them. Additionally, children also learn and develop in the process of playing with others and the importance of playing and games is engrained in their memory. Thus, the expression by Jona K. Anderson-McNamee that playing and games are the only occupation of a developing child. Moreover, playing through games is also a critical element in the development of the brain.
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