Eng. 100 – Sum. 179 Hafez, Spr. ‘98 Directions: You have 45 minutes to read and summarize the following passage. The number of words in the passage is indicated in brackets, at the end of the passage. Your summary should be approximately one third the length of the original text. Children and Television Ninety-six percent of American homes have at least one television set which is turned on for an average of six hours each day. During the last three decades television has become a major agent of socialization, often competing with parents, siblings, peers, and teachers. Kenneth Keniston, Chairman of the Carnegie Council on Children has referred to television as the "flickering blue parent occupying more of the waking hours of American children than any other single influence including both parents and schools." Singer and Singer have characterized it as "a member of the family." How much television and what kinds of programs do children watch? The answer depends on many factors, including children's age and season of the year. According to Winick and Winick, school-age children watch television between seventeen and thirty hours a week. For pre-school children it is often as high as fifty hours a week. Nancy Larrick. a reading
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