• Children;
  • television advertising;
  • persuasion


Children's response to television advertising is investigated in this paper. Children aged between six and ten years were tested for their recall, recognition and understanding of novel television advertisements. Children were able to recognise scenes from the advertisements after one exposure but recall of the brand names was poor for the younger children, even after three exposures. Recall for the advertising content increased by age and number of exposures. None of the six-year-olds and only a quarter of the eight-year-olds and a third of the ten-year-olds discussed advertising in terms of persuasion. Therefore, although children remember television advertisements, their purpose is not fully understood, even by many ten-year-olds. Copyright © 2002 Henry Stewart Publications.