Developmental Essay

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4/11/13 Children and Media * Bandura- social learning theory- influenced by who behavior is modeled and the consequences that happen to those models… * Television watching data * Under 5 * 44%- 0-2 hours/day * 27%- 2-3 hours/day * Children 6-11 spend about 28 hours/week * Adults: 28 hours/ week * In 51% of households, the tv is on “most” of the day Children and Media- TV * Excessive TV viewing can contribute to poor grades, sleep problems, behavior problems, obesity, and risky behavior * Most children’s programming does not teach what parents say they want their children to learn * Many shows are filled with stereotypes, violent solutions to problems, and mean behaviors * Advertisers target kids, and on average, children see tens of thousands of TV commercials each year * Ads of unhealthy snack foods and drinks * Children see on avg about 2000 beer and wine ads on TV each year * Kids see favorite characters smoking, drinking, and involved in sexual situations and other risky behaviors in the shows and movies they watch on TV The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) * Better safe than sorry stance for young children * Children should see no TV * This recommendation is mostly data free * There are some benefits to TV shows * Language and social skills * All the data we’ve had is on reading, playing, listening to music work Language and Baby Videos * Simmerman and Christakis (2007) * Went into home to survey parents on how much tv the children are watching * Baby Einstein videos- infants learned 6-8 fewer new vocabulary words than babies who never watched the videos * Correlational Study * Vandewater (2010) * Experimental Study * Mailed video to over 400 families * When watched

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