Watched this extremely interesting documentary today:
For people who don't want to watch it, it basically addresses these ideas:
- How heavily do parents influence children?
- Do corporations have responsibility regarding how they approach children in their advertising?
- Has our society become too obsessed with material things?
- Should we have more regulation on commercials aimed at children?
I would just be interested in seeing how you guys stand on this issue.
In my opinion, I think that it is inevitable with the fairly recent invention of the internet that children are going to be subjected to advertisements at a younger age; however I think the responsibilities at ages below 11 years old should really lie with the parents. Children shouldn't be allowed to access the internet as freely during these early years...I didn't even have my own computer at this age and it didn't do me any harm!
Everywhere I go I seem to see young people (sometimes below 11 years old) with their own iPhones and iPads (lol, I sound like an old fogie) and it really worries me. They can be accessing anything from those devices. I think it is fair enough to allow them freedom on the web when they are over 11 years old; they probably know about sex and their personalities have had time to grow, so they are less vulnerable. However I think more should be doing done to allow children alternatives to electronic devices...(I am not including game consoles in this, as I am guilty of being a Playstation girl XD and I think that the rating system on games helps to prevent over exposure to young children, as long as their parents keep an eye on it)
It's just a REALLY tricky situation to be honest, as I want children to have freedom to watch and play what they like, however there are a lot of damaging things out there...what do you guys think?