Television And Childhood Learning

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Introduction Television for children can be both educational and entertaining (Bryson, 2010). Television can inform, entertain, and teach us (Christakis, Huesmann, & Hilfer, 2007). But can educational television program affect and help children especially in their daily learning? What a question, to my readers! Some people will say that television does not help anyone, but, others will disapprove. In this paper, the writer will like to discuss how is that television can be beneficial for most kids in their daily learning. In today’s society television is an important part of everyone’s household. According to a survey done by Nielsenwire in 2009, “This year about 54% of homes in the U.S. had more than 3 or more television sets, 28% had 2 television sets and only 18% had 1 television set”(n.p.). This means that television is in everyone house and in one way or another children will be expose to it. Historical Background To understand what we are talking about, it is necessary to define what television, educational programs, and learning are; television is “the broadcasting of a still or moving image via radio waves to receivers that projects a view of the image on a picture tube” (Dictionary.com, 2010). “Educational programming is something that provides knowledge to whoever watches it” (wordnet.com, 2010). Learning “The act, process, or experience of gaining knowledge or skill” (answer.com, 2011). According to Bellis (n.d.), the “American Broadcasting Company (ABC) aired their first television program for children on August 19, 1950” (n.p.). They had one show that was about animals; this show will helped the kids i... ... middle of paper ... ...ix: Electronic media in the lives of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Retrieved from http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/Zero-to-Six-Electronic-Media-in-the-Lives-of- Infants- Toddlers-and-Preschoolers-PDF.pdf Stanton, C. (2005). TV viewing good and bad for kids, Seattle study says. Retrieved from http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002357593_tv05m.html Television. (n.d.). In Dictionary.com. Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/television Wagner, J. (2009). Top 10 benefits of watching television. Retrieved from http://connectwithyourteens.blogspot.com/2009/08/top-10-benefits-of-watching- television.html WordNet Search. (2010). Retrieved from http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=educational&o2=&o0= 1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=
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