Effect of Television Viewing on the Moral Behaviour of Nigerian Children.
The deterioration of the moral life of children who grow into youthful age and then into adulthood in the face of immoralities has become an issue that needs urgent action in today’s Nigerian society. This can be attributed to a lot of reasons but the mass media with us Persuasive messages cannot be exonerated.
Television is a viable medium of the mass media that stands at the fore in shaping the attitudes of children. This research work has, therefore, made a good attempt at unrevealing the various effects of television programs on Nigerian children using Gaius Benton schools as a pivot.
In this regards, a historical background of events bading to this study and analysis of findings and recommendations are duly presented. It is found in this research work that television programmes affect children’s moral behaviour both positively and negatively depending on the moral standards of the programme.
The appraised and critical examination of issues are the mainstay of this research work thus, if the recommendation are heeded it will help in enforcing and maintaining good, upright and acceptable moral behaviour in Nigerian children.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title page i
Table of contents vii
- Background of the study 1
- Statement of the problem 8
- Objectives of the study 9
- Significance of the study 10
- Research Questions 11
- Scope of the study 12
- Limitation of the study 13
- Operational Definitions of terms. 13
2.1 Introduction 16
- Concept of Television 18
- Brief History of Television 19
- Television as a medium for mass comm. 20
- Television as an instrument of social animals 22
- Media Influence on children 24
- Impact of Television Viewing on Children 20
- Theoretical Framework 36
- Summary of Literature Review 39
3.1 Introduction 41
3.2 Research Design 41
3.3 Population of study 42
3.4 Sample Size 43
3.5 Sampling Techniques 45
3.6 Instrument for Data Collection 47
3.7 Validity of instrument 48
3.8 Method of Data Analysis 48
DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION
4.1 Introduction 49
4.2 Data presentation and analysis 49
4.3 Discussion 57
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION
5.1 Introduction 60
5.2 Summary of Findings 61
- Conclusion 63
- Recommendations 64
- Recommendations for Further Studies 66
BACKGROUND OF STUDY
Television is a sight and sound medium through which messages and information ideas are communicated to a wide range of audience. Television viewing is a common activity engaged in by children, especially in this era of proliferation of television as a medium for communication.
To this end, television messages are broadcast for certain purposes, this implies that television through it’s programmers’ has certain influence on individuals as including children.
This chapter presents an overview of television and a brief history of television. It also encapsulates the statement of problem of this research work, the objective of this study, significance and the scope of study, research question as well as operational definition of certain terms.
Television has made tremendous impact on Nigeria society and in the world at large. It possesses immense power to influence the viewer and sharpen his sensitivity in all spheres of life. Various theories have been propounded by different scholars, some of which support the fact that the media possess immense power in influencing the viewer, while others have consistently countered the notion.
Television as one of the world’s most amazing inventions has come to stay and has over the years been a veritable channel for communication in the world.
The effects of television on adults can be significant but its influence in children goes much deeper. The increasing rate of immoralities in the society today among youths can be easily attributed to inventions of technologies like television, internet, films and motion pictures by an average Nigerian.
This study therefore is an examines the influence television viewing exacts on Nigerian children. Gaius Benton schools; cut across all sections of children from nursery, primary to secondary school.
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