By Máire Messenger Davies
Drawing at the varied perspectives of over 1,300 young ones within the united kingdom among the a while of 6-12, "Dear BBC" discusses key controversies within the public sphere approximately kid's courting with the media, specially tv drama. M?ire Messenger Davies attracts on fabric amassed from an viewers examine undertaking commissioned by means of the BBC, in keeping with surveys, established discussions with young ones and interviews with software makers and coverage makers.
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A 4 year old is a very different person from a 15 year old. He or she is also a different person from a 5 year old, who, in Britain, will already have started fulltime school, and will therefore, for instance, have more understanding of what a school-based drama programme like Grange Hill is about. Children's producers are faced with having to subdivide this minority audience into still smaller minorities in order to serve the assumed differing needs and tastes of these precise age/experience groups.
Article 17 of the Convention is the section dealing with mass media and culture in most depth. It stresses the importance of `protection' in the state's responsibility towards children: The role of the media in disseminating information to children that is consistent with moral well-being and knowledge and understanding among peoples and respects the child's cultural background. The State is to take measures to encourage this, and to protect children from harmful materials. Article 17 further speci®es that mass media should: `disseminate information and material of social and cultural bene®t to the child'; `encourage international co-operation .
BOY 2 What do you think the people who put the programmes on think about when they are choosing the programmes? INTERVIEWER They think about the other people, their age, and what they think they like. BOY 1 . . In magazines sometimes they have this poll to ask what we like and then they send them to the station and then they see what the audience like. GIRL 2 This conversation ranges from a degree of cynicism about the behaviour and motives of broadcasters ± `they rob us' ± to a touching faith in the broadcasters' willingness to consult the needs of the general public and different groups within it ± `other people, their age, and what they think they like'.
'Dear BBC': Children, Television Storytelling and the Public Sphere by Máire Messenger Davies