Talking to the darkness

Global Childrens Media

This was really interesting, both how the research was done and what they found out. There was a big difference in the access the children had to media but great similarities in adult response. Wherever you are in the world and whatever your cultural origin parents think that you should not watch too much television. I could hear myself in the descriptions given by the children. There was also that feeling that there are things you do not want to see when your parents are in the room. With some of these children it was probably what my children would think of as very mild but all children seem to have an embarrassment area. What was different was the access to electronic and digital media which for many was very limited. Although there was discussion of limited access because of work, childcare, homework and other labour, I would say many western middle class children have evenings filled with homework and extra after school clubs limiting their access to the  media. I was interested in the way some children negotiated how and where they could access what they wanted to see. There was little reference to television for children made in their home country. There was some reference to American cartoons for children seen on satellite or cable tv. I was finally left with the feeling that what we as ‘adults’ think about tv, is not what children see and sometimes our obsessions actually colour and change what the child sees.

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One response

  1. Rebekah

    ‘I was finally left with the feeling that what we as ‘adults’ think about tv, is not what children see and sometimes our obsessions actually colour and change what the child sees.’ Yes, totally agree with this. It becomes quite clear when talking with children that ‘reading’ is different for different people. However, that doesn’t mean to say that we should dismiss things that go over children’s heads as unproblematic. It doesn’t bother me too much that young girls wear Playboy Bunny t-shirts, whatever their level of awareness of the connotations of the image – but on the other hand it does bother me that society associates ‘sex’ with fashion and that girls feel a need to fit in, to not risk being an individual.

    November 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

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