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Children's Television, the influence, thoughts of parents and specific shows.

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Children's Television, the influence, thoughts of parents and specific shows. Over the past three months I have been studying children's television programmes to find out about what influences they have over children's behaviour, the types of shows that are on offer and why children opt to watch them. I picked three key questions based on what I thought would get the best reactions and results and the most frequently asked problems such as the amount of violence children see on TV. I used various different methods of searching for information which included surfing the Internet, emailing relevant people, setting up focus groups and interviewing people who have an appropriate opinion on this subject, e.g. parents. My key questions were: > What determines the times each show is on? > What aspects of each of my chosen shows make them educational and interesting to children? > Overall what do parents think about children's television and the influence it has on their children? I broke my research up into three categories, primary, secondary and tertiary this allowed me to organise myself and also to get opinions as well as facts. My primary research consisted of interviewing people such as parents to find out their opinions on certain aspects of this subject. ...read more.


I am also hoping to get in contact with a producer or director for the BBC to find out about scheduling, I have yet to find the relevant address. My secondary research consisted mostly of searching through countless amounts of websites to try and pick out related information, I found this extremely frustrating as I had to search for hours at a time to find anything that would help me. I made a list of which websites were useful and visited them regularly for updates; www.turnoffyourtv.com, www.limittv.org and www.familyresources.com/parenting. Once I had collected enough information I began sifting through it and highlighting the most interesting parts. Whilst looking on the Internet I managed to determine what shows were on offer and which were the most popular, from this I chose three main programmes to focus on, all of which were aimed at different ages but for both sexes. Another reason why I chose them was because they had received the best ratings over any other TV show for the same age group and were also on the same channel, this made it easier to access information. The programmes I chose were: > Teletubbies aimed at 0-4 year olds > Tweenies aimed at 4-8 year olds > Blue Peter aimed at 8-13 year olds I began to research the teletubbies and although I did not experience luck through emailing the writer the website had all the information I needed. ...read more.


One of my chosen shows was Eastenders because it has a wide variety of character and an even wider viewing audience. I have found a lot of information through a man called Buckingham and have studied an essay he specifically wrote on Eastenders characters and how we view them. I found this by searching on www.google.com, this was the most satisfying research I have conducted. I had all the relevant information I needed to answer my key questions although I found it frustrating searching the Internet about the influence we think TV shows have on children. I did find some helpful websites, which included opinions, results of surveys and facts. I will probably find the most helpful means of researching this will be to use my primary evidence. After carrying out all the research I will need to answer my key questions in full sentences showing wide knowledge of all aspects and using different means of evidence. My final task is to watch the shows myself and base an opinion so I can include that as well as parents, teachers and children's opinions, facts and figures. I have really enjoyed undertaking this project and although it has been hard at times think I have gained a lot of knowledge I did not know before, I am looking forward to finishing my research and writing about the my subject 'Children and television' in full. Kirsty Baker ...read more.

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