Sunday, June 7, 2009

Seiter Chapter 3

1. In Chapter Three’s Research, one family, Ron and Carla view TV as a learning tool and means of intelligence with their son Doug and commend him when he communicates a toy he wants by seeing it on commercials. The other parent, Leslie feels that TV can have a negative impact on her child and therefore she attempts to cut television out of her own life, as well as trying to get Kelly to be active with her mind rather then become a TV zombie. I thought the differences in these two families and their views were very interesting. Each of the family has two different types of financial status, one upper class and one middle class. Carla can afford to be a stay at home mom and Lesley can’t. Does this affect the way a child can comprehend television, and thus the real world. Is Lesley being to cautious with her child and watch television?

2.Then there is the school teacher Laura who completely wants to remove television from her child’s life because she believes there are “terrible effects of television.”
There is a conversation between Laura, Carla, and Ed and the idea of watching Sesame Street. Laura feels guilty for allowing her child to watch the show, and her husband Ed feels like television is passive and thus would rather have his child go to the park with him. My question is, is television really passive for children, especially Sesame Street where there is interactivity portrayed in the show like counting and learning the alphabet, or even shows now, like Dora the Explorer. Is all television bad for children, or are there exceptions?

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