chapter  3
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Zapping Freddy Krueger:Children’s use of disapproved video texts: Mark Laidler

Central to the debate regarding children and television has been the issue of violence and anti-social influences. This discourse reaches back to pre-television days when, in the early 1920s, serious academic debate began in response to surveys which indicated that children were spending a significant amount of time at the movies. Such issues as the moral well-being and the passivity of the child viewer, their exposure to acts of crime, theft and dishonesty were all cause for concern much as they are today (see Luke 1990 for a comprehensive genealogy of this phenomenon).