Don’t expect TV to educate your child

A new study by Children Now reveals substantial deficiencies in children’s educational television programming – and raises serious doubts about broadcasters’ commitments to the nation’s children.

The study, entitled Educationally/Insufficient? An Analysis of the Availability & Educational Quality of Children’s E/I Programming, evaluated the quality of programs claimed as educational/informational (E/I) by commercial stations, and found that only one of every eight E/I shows (13%) is rated as “highly educational.” In contrast, almost twice as many, nearly one of every four (23%) were classified in the lowest category of “minimally educational.” Most E/I programs (63%) were judged to be “moderately educational.”

“This evidence suggests that the nation’s children are being short-changed by broadcasters,” said Christy Glaubke, director of Children Now’s Children & the Media program. “This is clearly a missed opportunity to help support the educational development of the nation’s children.”

“Our study indicates that children’s educational programming on commercial television is disappointing from a quantity and a quality perspective,” said Dr. Barbara Wilson, senior author of the research.

One thought on “Don’t expect TV to educate your child

  • November 21, 2008 at 6:23 am

    This is an annoying document at best.

    A finger-pointing headline.

    Find a better source of information of you are interested in what your children watch.

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