3 Hour Rule – Marc Acevedo & Brian Gilfillan

There is no denying that there is a strong correlation between television and the development of the children of our generation. While television can positively affect the development of children, too much of it could also prove to be detrimental to their development. To regulate this and positively affect the development of our generation of children the government passed The Children’s Television Act. The Children’s Television Act was put in place to ensure that the amount of television watched is proportional to the amount of education taken away by the viewer. Children’s education is positively effected by this act because it is ensuring that kids will not waste a lot of time watching television. The act is aimed to serve the educational and informational needs of children. Furthermore, this act gave the children more shows to choose from and they were all thirty minutes long, aiming to reduce the amount of hours they watched television shows. With this broadening of the children’s television market, the amount of different educational topics also came about. It was at this point where problems first came about. With the surplus of shows to choose from, companies were starting to educate on more mature ideas such as social issues. There was a very loosely regulated definition of what “educational” truly entails. Since though, the FCC has taken additional measures to ensure that children are receiving an education while being entertained at the same time.

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