Children and Violence on Television: A Survey of Eau Claire Parents
UW Eau Claire Research Day; Leader-Telegram
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The primary objective of this study, which was accepted for presentation as a poster in UW-Eau Claire’s Student Research Day (May 1-2, 1995), was to gather data concerning a number of areas related to children’s viewing of violent television programming, including: (1) parental monitoring of children’s television viewing; (2) parental evaluations of warnings/advisories, proposed congressional legislation, and “other” potential solutions to violent content on television; (3) the relationship between children’s viewing of television programs containing violent content and children’s display of verbal and nonverbal aggressive behavior; (4) the relationship between children’s viewing of Saturday morning television cartoons and children’s desires to purchase toy weapons; and (5) parental perceptions of the level of violent content on local and/or national television news. Undergraduate students enrolled in a Communication Research Methods course during the Fall Semester 1994 administered questionnaires to a purposive sample of 877 parents and/or legal guardians of children ages 3-12 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Of the 877 questionnaires distributed, 351 were returned, achieving a 40% response rate. The UW-Eau Claire Student Research Day poster focused mainly on results related to parental evaluations of warnings/advisories, proposed legislation and “other” potential solutions to violent content on television, including, e.g., (1) a majority of parents and/or guardians ranked “parental control” as their first choice for the most effective solution to violent content on television; (2) “safe harbor” legislation (i.e. the Children’s Protection from Violent Programming Act), which was proposed in 1993 and would have directed the Federal Communications Commission to limit violent programs to time slots when children would be least likely to be viewing, was ranked second; and (3) “warnings/advisories,” which parents and/or legal guardians ranked as third for the most effective solution to violent content on television.
Children’s Protection from Violent Programming Act
Congressional legislation related to TV violence
Legislative and non-legislative solutions to TV violence
Television Violence Reduction Through Parental Empowerment Act
Violent content on television
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