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Volume :20 Issue : 78 2002      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Habits and Patterns of Both the UAE & USA Children Watching TV Programs: A Field Study (in Arabic)

Auther : Fauzia Al-Ali

A sample of UAE children and Milwaukee children was done to highlight the nature of TV programs watched by children in both countries. The study research form was applied by means of personal interview. Most import research findings of this study are:

- A rise of TV watchers in both samples, and a rise of the percentage of those watching TV any time they like without their parents control. However the sample of those watching children’s programs become equal certain days. As for the type of benefit from the programs, entertainment occupied the first rank in each of UAE and Milwaukee. As for the information known of the children’s programs, TV has occupied the first rank among the individuals of both samples in children’s programs, TV has occupied the first rank among the individuals of both samples in children’s programs on other media means such as Radio, Cinema and Video.

The most important recommendations found as a result of this study are the following:

  1. Parents should take an active role as regards proper times for television. In both samples individuals said they had absolute freedom in the selection of television watching time.
  2. Children should be encouraged to learn about other media such as radio, cinema and video.
  3. Children’s programming should be developed for children such as the documentaries that are made in the United States.
  4. UAE parents should restrict their children’s times for viewing television and thereby limit what it is their children are watching as is done in Milwaukee.
  5. UAE parents should decide which types of programs their children can watch and the amount of time. Children should be encouraged to take part in other things such as sports, hobbies, and family activities in place of watching TV.
  6. Children should be encouraged to read magazines, newspapers and books for pleasure to increase their linguistic reportoire.
  7. Educational television programs should be introduced to children in the UAE. Programs such as Barney, a program shown in America, are recommended. 

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