A new study released in medical journal Pediatrics shows that TV watching during the school week lowers school performance. The study was conducted by pediatricians Iman Sharif and James D. Sargent to test the effects of television, movie, and video game screen time and content on adolescents, a previously untested age group.
Of the 4,500 sudents who participated in the study, 50 percent of those who watched no TV during the week performed excellent in school. The study also showed that the odds of doing worse in school increased with the number of channels that were available to the children.
The doctors used three test variables to measure the effect of TV viewing on school performance: cable movie channel availability, parental television content restriction, and parental R-rated movie restriction. The frequency with which parents let their kids ...Read more
It might be the death knell for Grover: Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut funding for PBS and NPR by 25 percent. Public Broadcasting Service is a nonprofit organization of television stations that airs primarily educational programs such as Sesame Street and Nova. National Public Radio is a similar organization devoted to radio.
A spokesperson for PBS said smaller stations would be the hardest hit, as they rely more heavily on public funds. Congressman David Obey, D-Wisconsin, said the cuts would be "disastrous," adding that "public broadcasting is the most valuable resource we have for getting quality programming to children."
The cuts come at a time when the Bush administration is coming under fire for spending billions on the war in Iraq while having to heavily cut programs at home. In addition to PBS and NPR, the house ...Read more
How many times have you wished you could see what goes on behind the scenes at Sesame Street? One would think that once the director calls, "Cut!" it isn't about ABC's and the number 7 anymore, and they'd be right.
When Congress voted to cut PBS funding by 25 percent, public television stations and their supporters mobilized to have Congress restore the cuts. Now, Congress has voted to restore $100 million to Public Broadcasting's 2006 budget.
Republican lawmakers said the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which runs Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio, could make up the rest of the needed money through pledge drives and corporate sponsorships. They also stipulated that the federal funds would not be used for the "Ready to Learn" kids grant or for assisting PBS with digital conversion.
In a related story, Patricia Harrison, former cochair of the Republican National Committee, was appointed chief executive officer of the CPB.
Babies are finally shown what they have been missing, and now there is no turning back.
BabyFirstTV is a 24-hour channel devoted entirely to children who are 6 months to 3 years of age. The channel is available for a fee on DirecTV, and runs commercial-free.
The new channel is the latest in a growing trend of entertainment for children who are less than a year old. Sesame Workshops, creators of Sesame Street, recently released the Sesame Beginnings, a DVD series for babies that "simulates parent-child interaction." In the 1990s, Teletubbies was a pioneer in the field, introducing babies to TV with bizarre characters and repetitive songs and actions.
Critics say the new wave of "infantainment" is simply an exploitive attempt to make money.
"It's another facet of this whole commercialization of childhood where kids are seen as a market," David Elkind, professor of child development at Tufts University ...Read more
President George W. Bush took a swipe at Big Bird and his ilk Monday as he proposed slashing funds to public broadcasting by more than $150 million.
In the president's 2007 budget request, funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will be cut by $53.5 million in 2007 and $50 million more in 2008. Those cuts don't reflect others made in funding at the Education and Commerce departments and the elimination of specific programs for digital TV conversion and satellite delivery system. Public broadcasting officials estimate that the entire budget cuts run $157 million over the two-year period.
"Oscar the Grouch has been friendlier to the Sesame Street characters than President Bush, who has chosen to make huge cuts to children's television programming," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. "In a world of fast-and-furious television with ratings-driven content, the public broadcasting system represents the last stronghold of ...Read more