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#1 of 5 Old 07-07-2011, 07:11 AM - Thread Starter
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Dear Parent,

My name is Dan Li, and I'm a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. I'm conducting a research project about how American parents guide their young children's TV viewing. This research involves an online survey, and I would like to invite you to participate.

You can take part only if you live in the United States, are at least 18 years old, and have at least one child between 0 and 8 years old. The survey is online, and would take about 20 - 30 minutes to finish. All of your answers will be completely confidential; responses can't be linked to an individual completing the survey.

If the above link doesn't work, you can paste the following URL into your browser's address bar:

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at [email protected] Questions about your rights as a research subject may be directed to the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects at Northwestern Institutional Review Board at (312) 503-9338. The IRB number for this study is STU00048154, and the title is “Parental active mediation of young children's television viewing: An application of the theory of planned behavior."

Thank you very much!

Dan Li

Ph.D Candidate

Media, Technology, and Society

School of Communication

Northwestern University
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#2 of 5 Old 07-08-2011, 01:01 PM
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A comment: this survey is very poorly written. The same 10 questions are re-worded 50 times each.

More important, some questions are unanswerable, for example - it asks about reducing the childs agressive behavior and sleep disturbances. But if your child has no agressive behavior or sleep disturbances, then you can not answer. How can the sleep disturbances be good or bad, if there are none? The survey needs a "does not apply" option. 



At my child’s age, reducing his or her aggressive behavior is
Not at all good
2 3 4 5 6 Extremely good
At my child’s age, helping him or her sleep without disturbance is
Not at all good
2 3 4 5 6 Extremely good


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#3 of 5 Old 07-09-2011, 07:11 AM
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LOL! At the end of the survey, I emailed him exactly the same comment!  But also about weight and sleep issues.  

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#4 of 5 Old 07-14-2011, 05:33 PM
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Only took me a few minutes, must be because we don't have TV and 4 yo DS doesn't watch any!

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lol - same here. All my answers were the same after the initial few questions!

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