Warning-Television viewing may harm your child's health: Parent perceptions of early childhood viewing habits

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Title Warning-Television viewing may harm your child's health: Parent perceptions of early childhood viewing habits
Author Garvis, Susie; Pendergast, Donna Lee
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Early Childhood
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Early Childhood Australia
Abstract In 2009, the Australia n Government introduced the Get Up and Grow (Commonwealth Government, 2009) guidelines for healthy eating and exercise in early childhood as one element of a range of initiatives aiming to curb childhood obesity, a problem affecting an increasing proportion of Australia children. Included in the policy recommendations are banning children from watching television until they turn two; and limiting viewing to one hour a day for those aged between two and five years. These recommendations represent a considerable shift in the reported average viewing practices for these age groups, providing an opportunity for community comment. In 2009, the article Childhood policy straight out of fantasyland' (Edgar, 2009) appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald website. The article was a critique of the Get Up and Grow recommendations. Most articles on the SMH website have an anonymous blog post attached where readers can post their comments. Data was collected from this blog, and responses where the identity of the respondent as a parent was either implicitly or explicitly stated were used and the text analysed. Six themes were generated from the data: television as an educator; television as a babysitter; television as a motivator for increasing physical exercise; policy as a challenge to parental rights; age appropriateness; and viewing standards. The responses provide insights into children's viewing habits and glimpses of the way television is used in the family household. Findings also reveal that parents accept that television programs labelled as 'educational' are a positive influence on learning for their child, and do not scrutinise the content beyond this assumption.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/australian_journal_of_early_childhood/ajec_index_abstracts/warning_television_viewing_may_harm_your_childs_health_parent_perceptions_of_early_childhood_viewing_habits.html
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Early Childhood Australia. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 36
Issue Number 4
Page from 22
Page to 28
ISSN 0312-5033
Date Accessioned 2012-01-23
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44466
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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