For example, preschoolers can get help learning the alphabet on public television, grade schoolers can play educational apps and games, and teens can do research on the Internet. But too much screen time can be a bad thing: Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight. Kids who view violent acts on TV are more likely to show aggressive behavior, and to fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them.
Series such as SpellbindersOcean GirlH Just Add Water and Lockie Leonard proved Children television with Australian children, many of whom still remember them as adults. The people we surveyed as part of the Memory Project, recalled how much they enjoyed watching stories set in Australian locations and told in Australian accents, by characters to whom they felt they could relate.
They also liked their humour, quirky storylines, the portrayal of a range of Australian lifestyles, and their values, including mateship and egalitarianism. International sales are crucial to the funding of Australian TV, because the local market is too small to allow producers to cover their costs.
But high quality live action drama is expensive to produce.
Restrictions on scheduling and what can be advertised to children further limit revenue. Relying on animation But since the mids, networks have increasingly used animation to fill their quotas, rather than live action drama.
Both are allowed under the rules. Animation is generally cheaper to produce than live action drama, attracts international investment more easily and can be re-voiced for global markets. These give it a significant competitive advantage over live action.
Without a doubt, there have been some fine Australian-made animations in recent years. Some, like Bottersnikes and Gumbles or the latest reboot of the venerable Blinky Bill are based on Australian stories and have an Australian look and feel.
However the vast majority of animated series produced to fill the C drama quotas carry no recognisably Australian content.
Asked about this, a spokesman for the ABC said budgets regularly fluctuate internally to meet schedule and production requirements. These were very well received by local audiences, indeed a spin off movie of Dance Academy has just been released.
But with the cuts to its budget, ABCME is relying more heavily on repeats to fill its schedule and reducing the scale of its live action drama commissions. While the channel has two live action dramas currently in production Mustangs FC, about an all girls soccer team and a third series of Nowhere Boysboth will be 13 rather than 26 episodes long.
And the recent announcement of the reboot of Monkey Magic hardly contributes to local content for children, given it is to be shot entirely in New Zealand and is a re-make of a non-Australian original series.
Nonetheless the C drama quotas were legislated for in the early s at a time when very little local television was being produced for Australian children. These led directly to series like Round the Twist, Mortified and Lockie Leonard The question for parents, producers and policy makers is: If we think they do, clear outcomes and objectives will need to be set for Australian content, particularly C drama.
ACMA will have to do more than rubber stamp animation as C drama out of 38 programs put forward for C drama classification between andonly two were rejected by the regulator.Is TV Really So Bad for Kids?
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