The relationship of preschool children and the media: a thorough investigation into the televised culture

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Archival Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Thomas Ellman

Second Advisor

Ronald Patkus


The understanding of television and book media is necessary during the years of early childhood development especially as the presence of these particular media continue to advance. Children are growing up in-almost thrown into- a world that is global, competitive, technological, and constantly changing. This environment holds tremendous potential and permanent impact on those that are exposed during the beginning years of development so it is of the utmost importance to produce content that will permanently impact the young audience positively in all matters. I would like to address this issue by intensely studying the preschool television programming in relation to the development of their audience. Research done by these networks, with particular emphasis on Sesame Street, will be one of my approaches to understanding the reasoning behind specific techniques done by the networks for their shows. This will hopefully successfully lead to the execution of my own show, with deep reasoning behind every factor used to ultimately influence preschoolers’ development positively.

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