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The Effect of TV Programs on Children’s Values

UCLA’s 50-year survey on how TV influences children has some interesting revelations about values learned through the decades.

Over the years, children have watched different types of programs on TV and absorbed the values that came with them. A report by UCLA’s Center for Scholars and Storytellers looked at TV programs that became popular with tweens during every decade from 1967 to 2017 and the values that these programs underlined. 16 prominent values have been stressed on over the course of this time. Among them have been fame, achievement, popularity, success, self-acceptance, image, and community.

The report covered shows like “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Happy Days”, “American Idol”, “Hannah Montana”, “America’s Got Talent”, and “Girl Meets World”.

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