Loreen Meda
Posted November 4, 2019 from Zimbabwe

The biggest motivator and educator today is electronic media.  I would like to that for many ordinary child today, spend four hours of the day in class learning and  ten hours on different types of media either social or entertainment.  There is a serious need for he family to introduce the traditional mode of interaction between family members and the community at large.

More and more children programmes encourage violence or one form of aggression or another.  Parental controls do not yield the desired results.  I was discussing with a group of young parents and I realised that it is a serious problem that we need to address.  Programmes for children now have more swear words that I would like to repeat and you have the characters use all forms of weapons and indulge in any form of violence. 

Since the reality of the matter is as a mother I am at work from 6am - 5pm, when I get home I have more things to attend to that I really do not pay that much attention to what the kids are doing.  My son is technologically savvy, I do not think there is a control I can put in place that he can not remove.  I thank God that he is well behaved and has a good dispassion, however this is not always the case with all the kids as I learnt from another encounter.  As parents we need lobby for better materials for our children.

There is an increase in accidents were kids have hurt or killed one another from trying to copy an act or behaviour they saw on the internet or on television.  The boy who is a bully is popular and gets to attend the most important functions, everyone likes to be like them.  Cartoons are now about this team versus this team, shooting guns, flying kicks and body slams are not entertainment for kids.

Let us re-introduce sharing meals as a family, having "family time" were we do activities that encourage interactions between family members and friends or introducing activities that require creativity and having fun.

Let us say no the negative media, let us fight for our children.  Our children are our future.

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Nov 04
Nov 04

Hi Loreen,

Yes, I agree with what you said and I quote: "Let us say no the negative media, let us fight for our children. Our children are our future" And social media is subliminally affecting not only the adult but more were children. It is very dangerous that they will grow with the wrong influence of media. We as an adult should have put some discipline to it or else we will face consequences.

Jill Langhus
Nov 04
Nov 04

Hello Loreen,

Welcome back:-) Thanks for sharing your important post. I couldn't agree more. The deluge of daily violence and disrespect is definitely a concern of mine, too. I agree that more family time, without media, is a great idea. Do you think, though, that if a child receives good foundation from their parents where respect for one another in the family, integrity and responsibility are learned, that they are more likely to be well balance, loving, respectful adults? Don't get me wrong, most, if not all, types of media definitely are concerning nowadays, but what can we control, and what can we control now?

I hope you're well and having a great week!

Tarke Edith
Nov 04
Nov 04

Hi Loreen
Thank for sharing this inportant story with us
yes indeed sis the social media is causing more harm than good to our children today .
Taking time off to teach more about families is very good .
Well dear thanks for the sensitization.
Have a great day sister .

Anita Shrestha
Nov 05
Nov 05

Thank you for sharing

Hello, Loreen,

Thank you for speaking out on your observation on how technology largely influences our children today. I agree that parents should be mindful of what their children are watching or using and plan for more family bonding.

How old is your son? Seems like he is a great boy.

Nov 06
Nov 06

Dear Loreen,
I hope you are doing well. Thanks for sharing this your amazing post about social network influence on our kids today.
I can't agree with you less. It's sad to see how the youth now uses the media. Oh mine! No normal conversation with the families any more.
What a timely reminded!

Beth Lacey
Nov 06
Nov 06

I could not agree more

Nov 07
Nov 07

Thanks Loreen

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