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Not pontificating. Only trying to bat on the side of the environment. And ethics. And simple living. And slowing down. (And trying to learn and practise before preaching or teaching...)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Message from a mother to News makers and News breakers

The media tells me
You keep your child
We only want his innocence
The ads tell us
You keep your child
Here are things he needs to grow

The jingle shouts out
so what if he's young?
He'll soon grow up. he should know this and that
The shows in page 3
propagate artificial glitter
and tell imagination to lie low

To them I try to say, gently at times,
Please - let him be?
You and I know that there is a world
beyond pixels and bytes
Spare his senses,
let him discover its rights and wrongs.


Having said that, let me share some age-appropriate anti-TV measures I have used over the years, whenever mindless viewing overtook the edutainment aspect. (Some of the measures are impractical for daily implementation).
1. De-tune the addictive channels.
2. Help the remote get lost
3. Disconnect cable connection. (When that's no longer enough, remove cable out of sight).
4. Keep the TV in a locked room
5. Discontinue cable subscription.
6. Turn the TV to the wall, as close to it as possible (ingenious, I thought - my latest option)
7. Pack the TV in its box.
8. Adult abstinence, leading by example - (my personal favourite)

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5 Comments:

Blogger Indrani said...

Yes, too much interference from media, do this do that...

Well expressed thoughts!

14 July, 2008  
Blogger Kannamma said...

Put across so well, on behalf of all mothers who feel helpless when their child is stuck to the TV without any glue.
Add one more - Read news from the paper than watching it on TV with added spices.
Lead by example is my favourite too -by watching educative programmes rather than totally banning it.

14 July, 2008  
Blogger RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Frankly, I think the producers of the shows are doing their best to keep children from watching the shows - they are so dreadful! Children are so discerning, they get turned off by most of the trash

15 July, 2008  
Blogger Swarna said...

Indrani, Kannamma, Raji, thanks.
Well said, Raji, and that applies even to some of the lighter viewing, the new generation animation shows -faster, sleeker, but less humane- do not leave you feeling as comfortable as the Tom & Jerry, or Popeye of yore.

15 July, 2008  
Blogger Kat said...

Have heard of child lock in TV... This is Parental Lock ? :-D

21 July, 2008  

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