Well this was my first blog and was really located within my Masters in Media Culture and Communication that I did at the Institute of Education. Now I am moving on and have started a MPhil/Phd at the Institute so I have started a new blog that is about my new area of research;
This will link is all my work on Digital Fiction that I will be looking at in the future.
See you there………………………………….
There is a worry over children using the internet, but why, what are we worried about. What will the internet do to that child?
Big worry number 1 – that a paedophile will get access to the child and trap them into meeting them in the real world and force then into a sexual relationship.
Big worry number 2 – children will have access to material that ‘sexualise’ them making them have sexual relationships before they should.
Big worry number 3 – the internet is a big uncontrollable thing that children are more at home on than adults and if we were them we would be doing all sorts of bad things that would not be allowed.
These to me are the underlying worries that are discussed by parents, educators and politicians when they think of children on the internet.
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.
I am watching Kraftwork on BBC 4, saw them live years ago, and have been inspired on two fronts.
1. Learning , works and music. The simple style of linking works to music repeating in patterns with simple animation. This definitely prompts learning and could be something I use with my students. After all this is the style that Sesame Street used to teach the alphabet. Now if the students were creating the simple animation to link to musical patterns to explain a complicated process then they could be teaching themselves.
2. This is leading on from the readings I have been doing about children’s media. Although I do not agree with the scare mongering about the destruction of children’s brain because they watch TV and participate in computer based technology I have to accept that it has an influence. If there was never an influence for change from ‘art’ or ‘creative’ presentations why would we make political drama etc. I love the idea that there is a time when a child thinks that if they turn the tv over the cereal falls out of the bowl. Then they come to realise that the tv is not life. My ducks do not understand that the duck in the mirror is not another duck. However most children develop through this. These realities or perception are logically not just enclosed in the media world they are in the world that surrounds the developing mind. Do we damage the developing mind by exposure to the media, or is there a state of plasticism within the mind that dims the borders between reality and fantasy. My son was obsessed with ‘george the dragon’ and this dragon lived at the bottom of the garden. As he grew the dragon got father and father away as he began to understand that in reality there could not be a dragon. This was a mind that was allowed to develop normally coming to its own sence of reality. Surly the mind that is affected by the media is the mind that does not go through those developmental stages. The mind that is the worry is the one that does not understand empathy that does not understand cause and effect. Does exposure to the media cause this or is it the mind that is only exposed to the media and thus emotion and feeling through a visual playback with no real personal emotion the mind created with no empathy.
Well I completed my module and did well but it is now time to move on and make these experiments work. I have started new blogs and made the students start blogs but I need to make sure they function to the best they can. A lot is about who is reading my work and commenting. This is what I must do with my students. No time like the present. Move on, move on.