OUR NEW HEROES Movies,TV shows,commercials, Magazines, computergames, Music-videos. WWF And so on…
POPULAR HOBBIES 3-8 years: One hour TV every day 45% of the nineyearold boys have a cell- phone. 9-15 years : Computers are more popular than any other activity! Teenagers: surf the Internet apprx. 40 minutes a day. United Kingdom:: kids under five: 30% have a TV set in their bedrooms
AN IMPORTANT MEMBER OFTHE FAMILY We design our livingroom based on where the TV will be put ! We call the children in when it’s TV time! ”Important” TV events overrides any other activity TV is used as a reward and as punishment Kids know how to…. Kids decide what to …
ACTIONHEROES The heroes are bullies Charming and funny The cops can kill without facing the consequenses
ACTIONHHEROES Unfortunately – they contribute to the build-up of stereotypes. The ”bad” guys are almost always stupid,ugly,unshaven and colored ! The ladies rescued by the heroes are much too often blondes and VERY stupid !!! Above all: VIOLENCE is always the solution.
CHILDRENS TV HEROES Kids prefer cable and channels like Fox Kids Violent heroes are ALWAYS heroes Pòkemon – Pocket Monsters Digimon
New tech Realistc and virtual characters and environments Fact and fiction – where’s the red line ??? Violence is more explicit New types of violence (”The Matrix”)
BECOME THE MOSTPOPULAR GUY ON THEBLOCK - WITH POKÈMON 95.000 Pokèmon- games sold in 2000
EVOLUTION The first computergame with defined violence was WOLFENSTEIN” (1988)” These are screenshots from: Return to… !
Active ? YOU are the shooting hero ! ”Virtual Reality” – inside the world of the computer Unfortunately - you respond with much moore violence than what is needed!
The new computergames The new computergames - you’re using your entire body while playing You’re using it to hurt others!
Popular violent games ”real” characters ”…like playing the lead role in a film !” (”Max Payne”) Grand Theft Auto 3
WHAT DO KIDSUNDERSTAND? 1-3 : ”Anything ”live” is real ” 3-7 : ”most of what’s on TV is true” 7-10 : ”may be true” Puberty: ”it’s just a fictionary version of the truth!
Factors that are shaping the kids Upbringing Friends Seen violence – (eg domestic v.) Agressive in nature Mediaviolence
Violence on the screen Kids get more afraid. Reality becomes more threatening - ”it probably can happen here too!!” - 1 out of 5 teenagers are ARMED Less empathy when confronted with tragedies Violent computergames are more damaging than violent movies.
Violence on the screen ” Violent computergames are more damaging than violent movies.” WHY ????? Because of the interaction and the fact that the child is controlling development and content
AGGRESSIVENESS -Mediaviolence > violent behaviour Smoking > lung cancer Children becomes less aggressive – the less they watch TV (Stanford University)
ROLEMODELS 1 Kids copy violent heroes. They kick the one lying down Youth pick up ”tricks” from games and action movies Violence has been made ”harmless” - ”it’s only a movie……” Violence becomes the logical way to solve disputes.
ROLEMODELS 2Children are learning thepatterns of sex roles. Kids experience the uptight everyday life. When seeing their rolemodels on TV the effect is enhanced
ROLEMODELS 3 Kids copy violent heroes. They kick the one lying down Youth pck up ”tricks” from games and action movies Violence has been made ”harmless” - ”it’s only a movie……” Violence becomes the logical way to solve disputes.
Violence in society: The increase in facial damages – that needed medical treatment: 1960: 3% 1995: 45%
. THIS IS FROM A NORWEGIAN NEWSPAPER – ”TRIED TO KILL USING A ”SCREAM” MASK
VIOLENT COMPUTERGAMES - Most games teach children to kill ! (David Grossman)
TRY TO TALK WITH YOUR FRIENDS How do YOU feel about what your child is watching on the tube? What computergames do fascinate your children? Why do you think kids are drawn towards actiongames ?? What do you do when the child is saying: .. But all the other boys…… How do we take care of our children?
THE BIRTH OF AN IDEA John de Mole from the Netherlands Scientists in a greehouse Big Brother-premiere fall 1999
REALITY-TVThe guy who:lies, bluffs, cheats, -and is truly an unlikeable person ishighly rewarded . Gets millions offans, hundreds of newpaperarticlesand several websites !!!He is the TV hero of today !
REALITY TV ”Cops” Maybe the reason why street viloence is so common in the USA ???(The show is not shown in Canada - a country with a very low frequency of violent acts.)
Lots of kids are watching: SOAP NEWS Every hour of the day !
New approaches”Our attitudes have been turned – so that we now rejoice seeing other people in agony – when we should feel this as horrible! Mike Presdee
THE PARENT-ROLE The less visible we are – the more visible is the action hero Or : to ask a critical question : Why do we have children ????
New shows ”Temptation Island” Nanny patrol The Firm ”I want to have a baby with you”-TV Millionaire
Kids are busy bees - as it comesto surfing the Internet
SECRET LANGUAGUE :-) Happy :-D Very happy DRQL That’s cool PRW Parents are watching RUGTDT Are You Going To Drink Today?
NOTE FROM A MOTHER INSHOCK (b14) Do you want to? (g12) no (b14) are you a sissy ? (g12) no (b14) You have to undress first (g12) dunno (b14) Trust me – it’s great !….
PORN-SITES – FOR KIDS ??? Using brand names – like Barbi,Muppets etc. (Barbie, Muppets) URL’s on ”safe” sites – are hyperlinks to x-rated sites- Porn-sites often add a meta-tag that will take the child who is searching for – lets say – harry potter – to a porn site.
WEB-SITES FOR KIDS www.nrk.no www.tv2.no www.juniorlinken.com www.mzoon.no www.popit.no THESE ARE ALL Norwegian sites – (but all countries have a lot of safe- sites.)
NETFILTERS Net”nannies”…. Family filters :Can easily be disabled ……. ! Watch out for URL’s Kids a masters at code-cracking! Filter must NEVER replace the adult responsibility to be present.
USE COMMON SENSE ! Never give up personal informations on the net Don’t ever make a net- appointment ALONE! Leave a chatroom when you suspect foul play Always – tell an adult about what has happened.
How to….? By : Hide the accesscode to the internet - Do not ever write it down under the mouse-mat!!!!!!! Be a concerned parent ! Take the initiative ! Make one day a week a family night ! Talk about your feelings ! Be honest - and set the standards !
Health-damage - one out of every ten eightgrader have troubles with their backs (Behavioural pshycologists Marit Boysen) - Third graders are showing signs of stress and are more proned to injuries than before.. (physioterapist Ingeborg Laugrand)
KIDS ARE BEEINGSTRESSED !!! An active and very qick editing of the pictures in a cartoon causes stress. 1997: 700 japanese kids were diagosed TV-epileptics –as a result of Pòkemon
TAKE CARE OF YOURCHILDREN! Be a MODEL Learn the techniques Create alternatives Tell the truth Talk to other parents !!!! Be responsible
XENA80% of the sponsorsto this series wereshocked to see theviolence here !! As aresult of one manefforts -The show was thefirst – ever – to bemoved from daytime-screening to latenight ( 04.00)
WHAT CAN YOU DO ???? Be alert ! Report findings to the authorities Take action Become a member of a non violent organisation Involve the schools in issues concerning MediaViolence !
Researchers claim:A fairytale about a little boy- about to be fried – is of course awful for the child to hear – But –because it’s read on a warm grandmothers lap , The child will get much less afraid than if it had watched the same story on a COLD TV- screen
Internetsafety What areas should we pay attention to ?How can we help our kids ??
WHO IS IN CHARGE AT HOME ???? THE CHILDRENOTHER CHILDREN FRIENDS PARENTS