A recent television commercial on the small screen in India cocks a snook at general advertising practice of arrogating the most outrageous claims to products. This soft drink ad adopts the ploy of showing an ad being filmed in which a female model is shown lathering her hair with a soft drink, saying how the… [ Continue Reading ]
Children & Media »
Children have a delicate relationship with media. A review of the impact of media on today’s kids and how kids are impacting today’s media. Media affects children…
Tube-watching Kids Prefer Junk Food
An interesting report on the eating habits of 91 families in neighbourhoods around Washington DC, USA, has revealed a significant set of findings: children belonging to families that watch TV regularly during mealtimes go more for pizza, snack foods and soft drinks laced with caffeine, and less for fruits and vegetables. Brought out by Tufts… [ Continue Reading ]
Being Net Wise: Ensuring children are safe online
Like most parents, you may have asked your children to be wary of strangers, made a list of television shows, movies and videos that you could watch and where and how far from home they may travel. It’s important to make similar rules when your children use the Internet and to be aware of their… [ Continue Reading ]
The Making of Bhaile
Some chilled beer, fish curry and rice is just the perfect antidote to the rat race in a big city like Mumbai. And if you get to do it regularly, then you’re getting to be a good Goan! Which I am by birth. It’s unfortunate that I live in Mumbai, and consequently such luxuries are… [ Continue Reading ]
Violent Video Games: Do they desensitise young minds to violence?
Violence in the media sometimes begs for imitation in real life because it is demonstrated as fun and as an effective way to get what you want. Many violent acts are perpetrated by the “good guy” whom children have been taught to emulate. A video game has an added attraction – it frees you from… [ Continue Reading ]
Why can’t we buy some smarts for our babies?
It is easy to buy a tighter tummy, wrinkle-free skin, a sculpted face, firmer (or larger) breasts, so why can’t we just buy some smarts for our kids. No, make that babies, why wait. Imagine if our babies had a head-start over all the other kids who ‘waste their time playing’ with spoons and saucers…. [ Continue Reading ]
Lock on Porn
Rajni is aghast. She can hardly believe the report sent by her 12-year-old son’s teacher. He was found surfing pornographic sites on the Internet and downloading a collection of pictures that the teacher thought was ‘unsuitable’ for a 12-year-old. Rajni is at her wit’s end. She tries to keep tabs on the sites her son… [ Continue Reading ]
Is Your Child Being Stalked?
Your child is just three clicks away from a paedophile. Shocked? You need to be. A recent report in the Newsweek magazine says that the Internet houses an underground network of paedophile rings where children are lured into sexual meetings, and abused for the production and distribution of child pornography. The report enlists a number… [ Continue Reading ]
It is often felt that children are voracious and unselective viewers of television who spend a considerable part of their free time in front of television sets. Television has become an integral part of our day-to-day life. It is baby sitter, companion and an important agent of socialisation for children. Television in these conditions is… [ Continue Reading ]
Seven Commandments for Internet Safety
In an age when most children grow up with a considerable articulation of their individuality, parents are faced with a challenging task. They need to nurture the feeling of self confidence in their children and yet recognise the innocence accompanying it. For it is this innocence of the ways of the world that often land… [ Continue Reading ]