Tag Archives: Effects of television on children

“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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Impact of Commercials on Food Preferences of Low-income, Minority Preschoolers

Nicklas, Theresa A., et al. (2011) Impact of Commercials on Food Preferences of Low-income, Minority Preschoolers Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 43(1), pp.35-41 “Television food advertising has recently been under scrutiny because of its adverse effect on eating behaviors … Continue reading

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Improve junior science: put the Play back into Primary school

Earlier this year, Professor Sir Paul Callaghan wrote: “Today, television and the Internet have consumed vast quantities of children’s leisure time. And we now live in the throwaway age. Nothing is tinkered with or repaired, only discarded and replaced. Toys … Continue reading

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Children’s environmentalism; How do children contribute to a sustainable world?

Bengt Larsson, Magnus Andersson and Christina Osbeck present a review of the literature they considered relevant to any research into environmentalist practices among children. There are some quite complex issues in the article, so I confess to wanting to read it … Continue reading

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Television is the direct opposite of reading

30 years ago, Jim Trelease wrote a book called The Read-aloud Handbook which presents certain views about TV-watching at a young age that continue to have currency. Most of his arguments also have their opponents (and some of these arguments … Continue reading

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TV limits play…

“There were faculty discussions in the sixties about the ‘new’ superhero play.  Did the growing access to television change the children’s behavior? … little seemed changed in terms of kindergarten play and the opportunities it provided for expansive social interaction, … Continue reading

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