Children’s Television Programming

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Watch a brief segment (up to 15 minutes) of a television show children might watch (i.e., any show on PBS Kids, Disney Junior, etc.). For each television show or clip viewed, answer as many of the following questions that apply.

  1. Give the title or a brief description of the television program or scene.
  2. Is the television program designed specifically for young children? How do you know?
  3. Does it stimulate thinking? Did it intentionally aim at providing an educational message? If so, what was the intended message? If not, what do you think a preschooler would have learned from viewing the show?
  4. identify several stimuli (e.g., characters, acoustics, colors, themes) that you think a preschooler would most readily attend to, and explain why. What image or message would they have learned from these salient features of the show?
  5. How many aggressive or violent acts are in the show? Briefly describe one if applicable. Try and explain this scene through the eyes of a preschooler (e.g., what might he or she be thinking or concluding). Did anything occur that you think might promote fear or distress for a young viewer? Why?
  6. How many prosocial or humorous acts are in the show? Briefly describe one. Try and explain this scene through the eyes of a preschooler (e.g., what might he or she be thinking or concluding).
  7. Are references made to both males and females? How is each portrayed? Were there any role or cultural stereotypes? Was there any comment, scene, or action that might send a message about social norms or expectations (e.g., discipline, materialism, relationships)?
  8. Would you let your own preschool child view this television show? Explain why or why not.

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