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Parents Accuse Cable Tv of Corrupting Young Children

 

                                               

 

By Carine Kometa , and Olivia Ogechi (Students, journalism and mass communication, University of Buea, Cameroon) for Fako News Centre

 

Parents in Buea are now blaming the high rate of youth deviant behaviour on the proliferation of serials on national and international TV channels. They condemn the cable TV network in Buea for screening programmes that contain offensive images.

Some of these parents maintained that children now spend long hours watching pornography and other television programmes that fail to educate them. In the absence of their parents, the children spend long hours  infront of TV screens instead of reading or doing their homework. In the process, they turn to copy unsavoury attitudes of the Western World which fail to reflect their good African values.

One of the attitudes the parents decry is that of laziness. According to a mother of five in Buea Town, Vivian Babi, her children are now addicted to the watching these serials. She explains that her children spend all of their time watching serials and avoid doing their house work and school work.

Another mother of four, Mageret Keffe in Tiko, disclosed that exposure of children to western media content has led them to use vulgar language which they copy from media stars. Mrs Keffe added that children who are exposed to such media contents are now moving with dresses that look provocative. The dresses expose body parts like the breast, lower abdomen and their thighs which to her is against Christian doctrine.

These parents argue that it has become almost uncontrollable to prevent children from watching such media content. They explained that there are channels like National Geographic, CNN, BBC, CRTV, and others with educative programmes children should be encouraged to watch.

However a student in the Department of Political Science, Ivo Sabum, claims that he has observed that when children are over-exposed to television content, they turn to lose their ability to read. Mr. Sabum maintained that when children spend much time in front of the silver screen, they fail to concentrate when it comes to bookwork. They turn to focus more on entertainment than academics, he added.  

On why youths today spend more time on cable TV, a 300 level student in Department of History, Irene Ndunged maintained that cable channels show a variety of programmes than the national stations. She claimed that the national channels like CRTV spend most of the time broadcasting less interesting programmes in French. Since she has a problem understanding French, she prefers switching to other channels in the cable network that will satisfy her desire.

 

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