Sociology Assignment Paper on the Influence of Television on Children

The Influence of Television on Children

The Influence of Television on Children

  1. Introduction
  2. Social Imagination
  3. Influences of television on children based on social values.
  4. Need to understand the influences of television on children through various factors.
  5. Television on children effects are a social problem.
  6. Based on the invention of televisions, young children have been affected by the influences of television.
  7.  The negative effects of television influences on children are more compared to the positive influences of television.
  8. Use of television on children not regulated at a societal level.
  9. Thesis Statement

This research will study the influences of television on children and its negative effects on their school life.

  • Literature Review
  • Television is an important form of medium for children.
  •  Television assists in children’s learning
  • The perspective of learning through television in the socialization process (Morrow, 2006).
  • Educational impact of television in relation to the official curriculum
  • Broader understanding of the impacts of televisions  on the socialization process
  • The extent to which programmes promote school readiness and academic skills (Sefton-Green, 2002)
  • Relevant understanding on televisual literacy
  • Impacts of television on children based on language and skills development.
  •  Understanding of the innate human capacity to learn the televisual literacy (Buckingham, 2003).
  • The levels of attention paid to televisions by children aged 12 to 24 months.
  • Negative Impacts
  • Medical concern on the health of people relating to its influences
  •  Specific issues that relates to medical concerns in the society
  •  Adverse effects on language acquisition with education focus on the 3-5 year olds children.
  • Data and Method
  • Data collection through survey collection in the U.S
  • Sample size=b=87.
  • Generalization hinders proper analysis of the sample size.
  • Limitations of the survey methods: data obtained is usually subjective (Jordan, 2005).
  • Interviews taken in Australia
  • Amount of the participants
  • Analysis and limitations of the interviews
  • Key findings
  • Administration of questionnaires in France
  • Sample size
  • Sample size analysis
  • Key findings
  • Quantitative research and statistical analysis performed in Germany
  • Sample size
  • Sample size analysis
  • Key findings
  • Theory
  • Social Conflict Theory
  • Physicians have more knowledge on the influences of televisions on children.
  •  Parents and teachers understand the performance of children under the influence of televisions (Davies, 2001).
  • Functionalism
  • Young children are expected to be focused on their education.
  • Young children need to understanding the influence of televisions.
  • Symbolic interactionism
  • Understanding of the effects of television on children that vary on cultures, subcultures and groups (Close, 2004).
  • The levels of knowledge regarding the influences of children.
  • Conclusion
  • This paper has studied the impacts of televisions on children that relates to the social life of the young people. This illustrates the need to impact relevant approach of influences of television on children.
  • Future research on the influences of television on children relates to the key findings that encompasses relevant approach.
  • Future researchers should consider a methodological approach in order to understand the social issues that influence television on children.
  •  Children need to understand that dependency on televisions affects medications and thus, it leads to relevant social and legal policies in the society.


Buckingham, D. (2003) Media Education: literacy, learning and contemporary culture, Cambridge: Polity

Close, R. (2004) ‘Television and language development in the early years: a review of the literature’, London: National Literacy Trust

Davies, M. M. (2001). ‘Dear BBC’: Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Jordan, A. (2005) ‘Learning to use books and television’, in American Behavioral Scientist Vol. 48 No. 5, January 2005, London: Sage. 

Morrow, R. (2006). Sesame Street and the Reform of Children’s Television, Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press.

Sefton-Green, J.(2002) ‘Cementing the Virtual Relationship; Children’s TV goes Online’ in Buckingham, David (ed) Small Screens: Television for Children, London: Leicester University Press.