The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules governing television stations' obligations to broadcast programming responsive to the educational and informational needs of children. The Federal Communications Commission also requires that television stations prepare quarterly children's television programming reports. These reports outline television stations' responsiveness to the educational and informational needs of children. The quarterly children's television programming reports of station SFL (WSFL-TV) are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the SFL main studio located at 200 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Information about the contents of SFL's public file is available by the station at 954-627-7300.
Abouth Educational Programming
A note to parents
SFL broadcasts the following Educational and Informational (E/I) shows for children.
Littles This series focuses on one particular family of
Littles - Grandpa, Mom and Dad, Dinky, and the two youngest: Tom
and Lucy. In their quest to become productive adults, the Littles
and their friend Henry face the same kinds of problems that young
children face every day - issues of friendship, jealousy,
honesty, prejudice, consideration for others, kindness,
responsibility, risk-taking ... and more. Each episode of the
Littles focuses on one such issue, presenting it in explicit,
concrete terms. And young, attractive characters with whom
children can identify carry out these actions, they serve as
excellent role models for young viewers. Younger and older
children, boys and girls, loners and social butterflies...all can
find a character with whom to identify and from whom to learn.
And last but far from least, the character of Grandpa, a wise,
experienced, older Little who clearly loves and cares for the
Little kids, functions as the kind of non-threatening,
non-didactic teacher to whom children respond. He frequently
articulates the lesson inherent in the action as he interacts
with and advises the Little children. He is the best kind of
teacher. The exciting adventures of the Littles and the suspense
generated by their frequent narrow escapes from Dr Hunter are
designed to capture and hold young viewers' attention. The
explicitness with which each lesson is articulated and role
models with whom children can identify are designed to ensure
that children note and understand the embedded pro-social content
as they derive delight from the action.Length of Programs: 30
Age of Target Audience: 5-9
- Liberty's Kids nominated in 2003 for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming by the Television Critics Awards
- Walter Cronkite nominated in 2003 & 2004 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Series by the Daytime Emmy awards
- Liberty's Kids was originally broadcasted on PBS. It has reached millions of students to wide acclaim from teachers, parents, scholars and the children themselves. The American Revolutionary War is seen through the eyes of an American teenaged lad, a young English lady, and a French boy, all 3 of whom work as reporters for Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin enlists the help of young people to record the happenings leading up to and during the Revolution for his newspaper the Pennsylvania Gazette. First, there is a James Hiller, a patriot who tends to act before he thinks and is, at times, too quick a judge in his search for American heroes. Next is Henri, a French orphan whose only quest is for food. Lastly, a young woman named Sarah Phillips joins the team; the daughter of an ex-English general with strong views opposing slavery. Together, they travel the colonies witnessing the sacrifices made for freedom. Liberty's Kids is designed to enable viewers to experience, in fresh and exciting ways, the extraordinary period of 1773 to 1789 in American history, as the thirteen colonies, led by a group of courageous and brilliant individuals fought for freedom from Britain and established a new nation. It uses powerful storytelling to address three primary educational goals:
- To introduce young people to an extensive cast of remarkable historical figures, from Ben Franklin to Phillis Wheatley, and to enable them to understand the incredible sacrifices these individuals made to help found the United States.
- To guide young people through the entire sequence of amazing events that led to the creation of a new nation, from the homes of ordinary Americans and the meeting halls from Virginia to Massachusetts to the numerous battlefields in the colonies and the royal courts of France and England.
- To help young people understand the importance of key philosophical, social and political issues at the heart of the American Revolution by setting these issues in actual historical contexts, by having individuals such as Jefferson and Paine explain these issues and by seeing the impact of these issues on the lives of ordinary citizens.
- And to always to do so in ways that are age-appropriate for our target audience. Length of Programs: 30 minutes
Age of Target Audience: 7-12 Copyright 2008, SFL