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Journal: Communication and Diplomacy (Vol.1, No. 2)

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Page : 117-136

Keywords : Political Socialization; Children; Television; Focus Group.;

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Socialization is the process by which the value judgments and norms of a society are inculcated in the minds of individuals through various means, thereby preparing and adapting them to the social environment. Political socialization, on the other hand, which is an important part of socialization, is the individual's formation of perceptions, reactions and values about political phenomena in a certain process. Opinions and beliefs acquired in childhood are of considerable importance in the formation of individuals' political identities. In this context, as agents of political socialization, what kind of effects mass media in general and the television in particular have on political socialization of children were explored in this study. The focus group study was conducted on 7 students attending secondary education grade two. In the study, as an advantage of the focus group method, an in-depth interview was made with the students and then the students' interactions and reactions within the group were measured. The population of the study consists of the animation films titled “Bizim City” (Our City) broadcast right after the Main News Bulletin on the TV channel ATV. Animation films on political issues brought to the agenda in the news during the past five months were chosen as the sample of the study. Moreover, pains were taken during the selection process of the animations to ensure that the films were within the reach of the children's comprehension.

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