They also need to teach kids how programs are created, and that television is a business.
You might mention how an actor’s makeup made him look scary. Or how a company paid to have its product used on a show. Here are some other topics to discuss:
- TV programs present one point of view. What they show isn’t always “right.” It simply reflects creators’ ideas.
- TV doesn’t represent real life. Actors on fictional shows are telling stories that may or may not be realistic.
- TV is designed to make money. Programs are paid for by commercials. And shows and ads are made to appeal to certain groups of people—including kids.
- TV shows vary greatly. Some tell true stories, others use reenactments and some are fiction altogether.
- TV is used for different purposes. It can entertain, inform or promote ideas and products.
- TV creates illusions. Special effects (such as lighting and camera angles) are used to make viewers feel certain things.
- TV programs are planned. Even live shows that look “spontaneous” are often rehearsed ahead of time.
- TV shows are edited. Programs can’t include all the facts. Interviews and reports only tell part of the story.
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