Friday, June 15, 2012

Whose Responsibility is it to Monitor Children's TV Viewing?

Being a community of people means there should be a concerted effort from everyone concerned to solve the problem.

The parents foremost, the school, the community itself and the government. Nothing succeeds unless all sectors cooperate in solving the problem. Take for example the problem of pirated movies.

Do we say, it's not our problem, it's the producers 'problem, they should be on guard and keep their copies under lock and key. We won't bother because we don't even earn from it. They alone are responsible in curbing piracy.

But of course, this is not the case, everyone has to step in and give his fair share to curb piracy. Even buyers should cooperate and buy the original CDs instead of the pirated ones.(Even if it means spending more.)

I once had monitored a certain group, and after the activity, someone lost her wallet. I had to gather them up and asked them to help in the search. One of them said, " It's her responsibility not to just let her purse lying around." Well, well, well, is this the kind of principle or values we want our children/youth to learn?

If honesty would have been taught, and the respect for other's property were the focus then, no matter where the purse was, it would always find its way back to the owner, because children would have learned that getting what is not your own is bad.

Saying that parents are responsible alone in controlling the TV viewing of their children is tantamount to saying, there are no other factors that affect the activity.

Government stepped in to warn people about smoking, alcohol, pre-martial sex, piracy etc, wouldn't it be logical and responsible for them to do something about TV violence in a supposedly for "general patronage "program? Isn't it their moral responsibility to see to it that children are protected?

We must remember that the future of the country and of the world are upon the children. Please read more of the articles in this blog and open your mind. Thanks for reading and for commenting. I appreciate it a lot.

God bless.

The Effect of Violence on Children.

By: Justin Swapp

If you want to prove something, you have to use the

scientific method, right? Observe something that you want

to measure, and then measure it.

Photo by: Keith Bacongco

There are many people who would water down the effect that violence in the media has

on our children.

If there is any doubt in your mind, just spend a little time applying the scientific method – observe them.

As we start this discussion, it's helpful to understand a little about child psychology.

During their earlier years, children are trying to understand their role in life by framing

it within what they observe in everyday life.

It stands to reason that if you feed your child a steady diet of bacon for every meal,

it's only a matter of time before the kid looks like a pig.

You are what you eat, as the saying goes.

If children have a steady diet of violence, it's only natural for them to experiment with

it as it relates to what they do every day.

If you think there is anything less than a buffet of violence out there for your children

to stuff their faces with, you are kidding yourself.

Here are some examples:

Internet, DVD, Blu-Ray, Wii, Playstation, Xbox, Gameboy, MMORPG, World of

Warcraft, Comics, iPods, Music, Online Chat, Magazines, Movies, School, Cell Phones,

and TV – Now in higher-than-ever definition.

That's right, all the violent detail you could ever want, accessible from anytime, or


Most recently my youngest son, Alexander, got a hold of the remote control and found

his way to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television show.

If you are not familiar with the Power Rangers, It's one of those

kids with martial-art-super-powers-and-costumes shows.

Alexander is two. At that young age, children copy what they see, and they test

boundaries. If you are a parent, you know this.

What do you think Alexander did? He got something he could use as a cape, and

hopped through the house, pausing occasionally to pose in a martial arts stance.

Then, he would find his nearest sibling, and practice a punch or a kick he had seen

on the TV show, complete with sound bites from the program.

He was acting out what he saw glorified on TV. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

seem to have the same effect on him.

TV and movies are arguably the most powerful mediums for communication that we

have today. The technology behind them now is extremely advanced, and made to

impact our senses to extreme degrees.

Trends in content seem to be advancing almost as fast as the technology displaying it.

It's more acceptable now than ever to show extreme content at all hours of the day.

Hack and slash movies are making a comeback.

Just look at movies like Saw or Hostle. These shows are out of control and

are the perfect example of gratuitous film making that marks our day and age.

It's well known at this point that violent situations cause a chemical reaction in humans.

This reaction is called fight or flight. We must act now.

We are surrounded by violence in every form of media. It's up to us now to either

fight, or run. As adults we have to protect our children.

We must fight this, not run. You have to fight this in your homes, but you have to also

find other avenues to fight the trend of violence.

Look to join forces with anyone fighting violence. Choose fight, not flight. Don't run

out on your children.


JUSTIN SWAPP is from Ogden USA. He maintains a Writing and Literature blog - Finish Writing and a business blog - Swappratices.

In his blog, he provides invaluable articles about techniques and styles in writing and encourages aspiring writers to give out their best.

This is what he has to say for himself.

And I quote:

"I am a 32 year old with a BS in Business Marketing, and an MBA. Don’t let that fool you, however. I have always loved writing, and storytelling. I feel that reading and writing is extremely important, and I want to share what I can with those who find what I have to say useful. Write on, regardless of what they say. Write on."

End of quote.

Such inspiring words from a knowledgeable blogger. Thanks, Justin for accepting my invitation.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Campaign Against Violence in TV Programs for Children

By: Dagupan Pangasinan
Gone are the days when you'd expect little children saying polite words like "Po and Opo". Sadly, some of them can even be heard saying words that adults say when angered. It wouldn't be shocking to see them copy a scene from one of their favorite television shows.
Wouldn't it be better if the scenes they are copying are good ones? You can't raise children by terror and expect good outcomes. You can't show a child something bad and try to explain yourself afterwards, it would be difficult for them to comprehend and accept. That's the same thing that happens when they watch something bad happen on TV and think it's a good thing. It would be difficult to tell them not to copy it afterwards.

You will often hear children ask why you're telling them not to do something they saw on TV. They might even believe the Television more than you. You can't tell parents not to leave home so they can teach children what is right from wrong in a Show all the time. Life does not revolve around a box with a plug. Television reaches a Large portion of our population. Can't it use it's influence to promote good values instead?

It's true that you'd usually see fight scenes in shows for adults, but why do we have such scenes even in Children's TV shows as well? Are the writers for TV stations even thinking it out. How can you can something of General patronage when it has content that is capable of ruining the youth? Although complaining does not always accomplish much, evil can survive in the silence of the oppressed. Voicing out what is right is what is fair. Every typhoon that takes a place by storm begins with a single rain drop, although there are few here at the moment, be happy knowing that many people are doing what is needed to make a change for the better.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

In Support of the Campaign against TV Violence in Children's Soap Operas

By; Candice Regala
As a child, I wasn’t raised with my parents taking care of me all times of the day due to the demands of their profession. My father would leave home early in the morning and would go home only when the workload in the hospital can be managed by the other staffs. At most, he’d come home twice a week. My mother chose a work that has a more convenient time sched. She’d leave home 7 in the morning and comes back at 6 pm. The four of us siblings would be left in the care of our kasambahay and we’re free to do what we want so long as we’d behave and do our afternoon nap.

TV became our lives that time. We were so entranced by the actions and entertainments it shows to us. We became so desensitized that because of our young minds, we cannot anymore separate fiction from the reality.

There’s this cartoon we’ve watched wherein the “good guy” has thrown countless punches to the “bad guy”, the bad guy seems to be unaffected. One time my older sister and youngest sister got into a petty quarrel. My youngest sister claiming that she’s the good guy and is being attacked by the bad guy punched my sister straight on her nose making it bleed. What children see, children do and the parents play a great role in protecting their children against these acts of violence.

My mom has come to know this and informed our father who hasn’t come home for a week that time.

Whenever my parents come home and will approach us, it’s like they are stranger to us, when my mom tries to hold us we’ll recoil and would run to our kasambahay. My mom told us that she got so sad that she’d come home early everyday after work and slowly regained our affection. One day she asked us ‘Hindi niyo ba namimiss si daddy niyo?, and we replied, “Hindi, sanay naman kasi kami na wala siya palage.” My father heard of this and that was the last straw, he quit his work in the hospital and became a RHP like my mother, everyday they’d come home together and will ask us of our daily activities.:)share

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Perspective of a Youth on TV Violence

By: Federico Webster Magcalas
Issues and problems are divided into two categories; one part falls under the direct effect (short term) problems and the other part falls under the long term problems in which its effect would probably be felt after years. Violence in the environment of children falls under the second one.

Many of us fail to recognize these kinds of problems because we think that since they don't have an effect immediately, we should address them some other time. Little do we realize that little by little these problems will accumulate and one day will take its toll on you

I've heard a lot of mothers complaining about horrible children "as if they were raising terrorists". If only they knew that the root of it is because children see things they're not suppose to see that is why they're imitating it.

I mean we can't change the world in a minute, but think of the people you might help in the future just because you are aware and you condemn violence in children's TV shows. Probably not even .000001% of this population wouldn't even know that this group exist, but its okay because it is fulfilling to know that there would be 265 (at the moment) parents in the future whose children would be of good character because his/her PARENTS KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR HIM/HER.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Violence is Everywhere, Is it a Way of Life Now?

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No matter where you look, there's violence on TV, movies and media sources. Even supposedly simple non-violent scenes are now riddled with shouting, bad words, and physical violence. What is happening to our world? Nobody cares, no one in the media even cares, as long as the money keeps coming and they keep feeling their coffer.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How Can We Eradicate Violence when Everyone Seems to Be Solving Problems Making Use of Violence?

How Can We Eradicate Violence when Everyone Seems to Be Solving Problems Making Use of Violence?

Even supposed to be mature persons do it to solve their problems. How can we teach children to be non-violent when our manner of speaking is violent, our method of solving problems is to commit violence against ourselves?

Can you leave some comments on this observation?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Using Electrical Cords Safely Around Children

Using electrical extension cords wisely is one way of preventing fire hazards. The following are tips on their safe and proper use:

1. Do not overload electrical extension cords.

There is a limit to the amount of electric current an extension cord could handle. Holiday fire safety should be the utmost concern when installing these extensions. A proportion of one extension to two sockets would do. Three or more appliances connected to the extension cord could be a potential source of fire hazard.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Avoid Violence - How to cope with a jealous partner

Extremely jealous partners are usually not in their sane minds. The intense emotion of jealousy clouds their judgment and it could overpower their rational thinking. No amount of explanation could make them understand and see reason. Although jealousy is a natural part of loving a person, when it becomes intense and misplaced, it is no longer normal and it becomes an ugly monster.

Hence, it is crucial that the other partner realizes this and reacts accordingly. So how could one cope with a jealous partner?

Here are some tips on coping with the green-eyed monster:

1. Avoid the root cause of your partner's jealousy. Once jealousy rears its ugly head, it will grow horns until it would have self destructed. That is why don't allow its head to appear. Keep it under wraps by avoiding circumstances that would permit your partner to start feeling jealous.
It is good to be amiable and to have many friends, but would it be worth it, if your relationship suffers and go to the doldrums?

2. Slowly introduce your partner to friends to let him understand that your friends are not threats to your relationship. Do this by going out in groups with your friends. Don't concentrate on one person alone.

3. Assure him more often that you love him. Insecurity is the major cause of jealousy. When your partner is sure of your love, then there is no reason for him to get jealous. Let him/her understand that you may have many friends but he is the only person who has your love and devotion.

4. When he is in a fit of jealousy, don't get angry. Remember, he could not think straight at the moment, so be the calmer person. Get yourself and him away from the person he is jealous of. Don't try to "talk" to him if he refuses to listen.

5. Do something productive (outdoor sports would be ideal- badminton, etc). This will take his mind away from the issue and give him sometime to recover. During the process do not attempt to explain, instead avoid contact with the person he is jealous of.

6. When he has calmed down, have a heart to heart talk with him. The only solution to the problem is when he is assured of your unconditional love and that he is certain that you love him and no other.

7. Don't just tell him you love him. Show through your thoughtful and caring actions.
And if you truly love him, then there will be no cause for him to get jealous because your actions would never indicate otherwise. You would always consider his feelings before doing anything. True love is expressed through actions and words. Being expressive of your love would help eradicate in your relationship that yellow headed-monster called jealousy.