Monday, December 22, 2008

Call for Holiday Season's Comment Contributions

I know this is late, but better late than never.

I am opening this post for comments regarding the


Your article MAY OR MAY NOT SUPPORT the campaign.

Just cite your reasons why you don't support it, or why you support it. It will be a kind of debate.

No one goes home empty handed.

For EACH contribution, I will be giving out 300 EC credits.

Three great commenters will be selected to win the following:

Best comment ( validity, clarity, content, ): 3,000 EC credits with 1 month free widget ad on this site.

1st runner-up: 2,000 EC with 1 month free widget ad on this site.

2nd runner-up: 1,000 EC with 1 month free widget ad on this site.

Comments should not be less than 50 words. This will be opened up to January 15,2009.

Join now and be aware of what is going on around you!

Special Needs Publications has so generously provided us with a link to his article "Children and Television", click the link to read it. (Sorry for the earlier error, thanks Ian for the correction).


Anonymous said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Jena Isle said...

Hi Susan,

What's your opinion on the topic? Thanks for the visit anyway.

Happy holidays.

Ray Gratzner said...

Dear jena, I don't want any ec-credits,my opinion is for free...;-)
Children learn from adults but nowadays children are left alone with tv. For some parents that is convenient because they get some children-free time.
So images of violence enter young minds and are stored deep down in the subconscious mind...
If our reality is a product of our thoughts, the reality of children will change, due to the impact of violent images, will be directed in a more violent direction. Is this a value for society?
There is so much entertainment, which has no need of violence. The tv series Friends for example, entertains without violence.
Why not produce entertainment, that is full of suspense, but void of violence?
In the usa until the end of highschool an average pupil has seen 32 000 murders, 40 000 attempted murders, 200 000 violent crimes. In 73% the offender will not be prosecuted and there are no alternatives shown up how the conflict could have been solved without violence.
What rules could a person derive from such a tv propaganda?
No violence on TV!
Happy Blogging

Unknown said...

Well, who do you want to educate: your children or the programmakers?

I've taught my children to use the buttons on the TV to make good choices.

We're also very aware that we don't give double and oppositional messages to the children.
No violence means also no war.
There are other ways to "help countries" than sending the army in.

When parents teach their children that a row is a mini-war and that violence has many appearances, we create different people.

That's what I want.

When people won't watch certain programs they won't make money so they disappear...

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for entrecarddropping!

Jena Isle said...

Thanks Ray for those vital comments . May your tribe increases, Kudos to you, happy holidays.

Hi, Laane, comment noted. Thanks , the post is supposed to be for the TV people. It should not only be on the part of the student but everyone involved. Just like any other program for it to really become a success, everyone should cooperate.Happy holidays.

Carnation said...

I also do not agree with showing violence or any thing that is not good to children on tv as well as in other kinds of media. But esp TV as it is just in the house so it has easy access. It is so easy for children to consider what they see on a day to day basis as the standard or the normal way of life that is why we have to be careful to see what they watch on TV. so, yes, I say NO to violence on TV programs esp those that can be viewed by kids.

Special Needs Publications said...

Great campaign! I'm sharing the link of my post titled "Children and Television"

Anonymous said...

Dear Jena.

I support any movement aimed at promoting alternatives to violence. We seem to have a built a world where violence is accepted, even encouraged as a way of solving our conflicts. And this is reinforced by our apparent addiction to violence as a form of entertainment for all.

Children are incredible 'learning machines' - I'm amazed by how fast my 5 year old picks things up. She's HUNGRY for things to learn. And so she's particularly susceptible to all the messages she receives. I try to shield her from the violent messages contained in the mass media (not only TV) - but it's impossible to keep her from everything I would wish to. It shouldn't be so hard to protect her!

I believe the best way to change is to offer non-violent alternatives. We need to persuade the programme makers and TV and media (and schools and parents .. the list is endless!) that there are equally entertaining and enjoyable ways of spending time that do not involve violence.

Simply trying to eradicate violence won't work .. we need to be clear what we want in its place.

Good luck and I wish this every success .. for the sake of all our children. Ian

Jena Isle said...

Hi Carnation,

I have noted your opinion and I agree. Thanks for participating in this post.

Hi Special Needs,

Thanks, perhaps you could be a guest writer in this blog about the same topic. I would appreciate it if you accept the invitation.

Hi Ian,

Your comments are well thought of. Thanks. I hope concerned people will get to read all of these great comments. happy new year.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jena.

I'd love to be able to take credit for the article 'Children and Television' ... but in all honesty I can't. I think you've attributed it to me by mistake!

Happy New Year to you.

Jena Isle said...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the correction. I apologize to Special Needs Publications. It was inadvertent.

Happy new year!

Unknown said...

Hi Jena. I was thinking of writing a full article about this for you, but I can probably distil my opinion in a comment.

Twenty-odd years ago, I did a degree in Media Studies. The debate about whether and how children were affected by TV violence was in full swing then. But academics could not get evidence to come down hard on one side or the other. I found it incredible that anyone could believe it wouldn't affect children, but they all had to do their research and find the evidence. For me, it was just common sense.

Since then, in the UK, violence and gang culture among teenagers and young people has escalated to the point where many are carrying knives and guns. The amount of violence we see on TV and in other media has also developed so much that we tend to expect it.

So where did our youngsters' ideas come from? It seems blindingly obvious to me.

Even seeing their exploits on TV or in the newspapers often doesn't evoke shame, but rather pride among their peer group. The minority of young people this applies to seems to be growing and spreading, and the media clearly plays a large role in this.

Sadly, our values are changing. Without much thought, our society seems to have accepted, even embraced, the idea that violence is ok in what we read, see and hear in the media.

Voices raised against haven't made much headway, but that doesn't mean they should give up. I'm not suggesting that we should completely eradicate violence from the media, but that we should not sensationalise it, and we should compensate with more positive images. We need to strike the right balance to teach our children that two wrongs don't make a right.

At the moment, even parents who carefully monitor what their children are exposed to at home can't protect them from violent make-believe games that are thought up in the school playground by other children. Once she went to school, I soon found my little granddaughter playing games in which she 'killed' all her soft toys .

Jena Isle said...

Hi Jean,

That was an interesting argument. Thanks. Take care and happy blogging.

Jena Isle said...

I would be happy if you could write a whole article, lol. Thanks for the contribution.

Jena Isle said...

I'm sorry Susan,you don't qualify because you didn't comment on the topic. God bless.