How Pre-school Children Play: The Influences of Television Animation and Family


Television has been a household fixture in Philippine homes for over 50 years. While the medium’s contributions to education and information delivery are undeniable, concern regarding its negative effects on audiences, particularly on children, has been recurring theme of media research. This study on the connection between children’s exposure to animated programs and resulting play behaviors considers family as a complementary influence. It focuses on a particular sub-group which has been quite understudied, i.e. Filipino pre-school children. Results reveal that television viewing influences play behaviors, and that parental interventions are crucial in honing the children’s ability to distinguish between bad and good, especially when play behaviors are concerned. Recommendations for parental and school interventions conclude the article.