School Children and TV

Witty, Paul
January 1964
Education Digest;Jan1964, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p37
The article presents a discussion related to the effect of television on school children in the U.S. From the advent of television, adults have expressed strong feelings for and against television. Some have thought televiewing would enlarge the child's world, enrich his knowledge, and contribute to his development. Others have predicted that excessive viewing would influence adversely children's reading, their success in school work, and their physical and mental health. Children have never shared the gloomy forebodings. They have been devoted followers of the electronic Pied Piper from the beginning. The author has carried out a series of annual television surveys since 1949-50. Each year, in each of the elementary and secondary grades, 200 boys and girls have been given a questionnaire which has been supplemented by interviews. Representative samples have included pupils from various types of schools in the Chicago area. The teachers and parents of these pupils have also answered questionnaires. The average amount of televiewing by elementary-school pupils has shown little variation from year to year.


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