Page 1, 7th August 1987

7th August 1987
Page 1
Page 1, 7th August 1987 — TV upholds family life
Close

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.

Tags


Share


Related articles

David D Oherty Of Th E Broadcasting Research Unit...

Page 5 from 16th September 1988

Shock, Horror A Family With No Tv

Page 6 from 28th January 2000

Tv/radio By Ian James

Page 7 from 13th May 1966

Protest At Bbc's Falling Standards

Page 1 from 15th November 1963

Pampered At Prinknash

Page 6 from 25th April 1958

TV upholds family life

THE IBA published a new study on Wednesday which shows that television may strengthen family ties rather than undermine them as has often been claimed.

Television viewing is a family experience which brings individuals together, according to the report—Behind and in Front of the Screen. Stereotypes leading to a less caring society are smashed by television, the report notes. Hence wealthy families portrayed on the screen tend to be the least happy, whereas poorer families are seen as relatively content.

Turning to the controversial field of violence on the small screen, the IBA study acknowledges parental concerns over the treatment of sex and violence, but adds that such concern "is extended by only some of them to worry about the amount of time their own children spend watching television". The authors—Barrie Gunter and Michael Svennevig—conclude that more onus should be placed on parents in setting an example in their choice of viewing and guiding their offsprings over the amount of time to be spent watching televison.

On the subject of TV's treatment of married life, the report finds that it "may provide useful advice to marriage partners on how to deal with certain problems, where televised examples are seen as relevant to some personal set of circumstances".

The report is available from John Libbey and Co Ltd, 80/84 Bondway, London SW8 (price, £9.50).




blog comments powered by Disqus