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Library of Congress

by on Nov.03, 2011, under Consumer, Culture, Drugs, Family, Health, Parenting, Technology

What did families do before television? They sat around and watched the radio. How did we handle that delicate medical situation before The Big 3 were widely available on shady web sites on the Internet? They had to do their own research.

If you don't finish the book in four hours, consult a librarian.

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The Impact of Television

by on Aug.04, 2010, under Family, Kids, Media, Parenting

Television has become completely pervasive in our society.  The first electronically transmitted moving images were in 1926, with commercial broadcast beginning in 1935 in Germany, and 1941 in the U.S.  The production and development of television was delayed by World War II, but by 1949, there were a million TV sets in this country, and by 1959, there were 50 million. During the 1960s, color television became popular. In 1980, about half of all the sets in America were color sets, and by 1988, 98% of U.S. homes had television. But is it harmful?  Many studies have been done about the effect of television on children. While there are many wonderful benefits of new media, the upshot of the above studies is that too much exposure to 'new' media appears to be harmful. There has also been more recent research into the impact of media on very young children, particularly the impact of television in the preschool years. Russell Warren remembers when he was attacked by a vicious Magnavox console TV as a young defenseless boy. "I’ve attached a picture of myself at the age of four. I was simply trying to put the remote back on top of our 27-inch (69cm) wood console Magnavox television, when I slipped while climbing onto the TV cabinet. Instead of just falling to the ground, I grabbed the top edge of the Magnavox as I tumbled down to the ground. I hit the ground first, then the TV followed with one of the corners squarely landing on my forehead. The television slid off my head, taking about a quarter of my scalp with it." "One hundred and forty-four stitches later, and enough hospital ice cream to please any four-year-old boy, I was on my way to a steady recovery. I had some temporary nerve and muscle damage that affected things like my eyebrows, but I was lucky enough to have no long-lasting damage that I’m aware of. I’m obviously incredibly lucky that I’ve been left unscathed short of a very large scar across my forehead. As you know, there are many other people that haven’t been as lucky." So there you have it.  Whatever the research shows, we know that television can have a severe impact on young kids.

These TVs look benign, but smart kids will be wary

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