Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ian Peatey's Comment on Campaign Against Violence on Children's TV Programs: 3rd Prize


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