Films Can Play a Part in Behaviour
What do you think of the children's movies that are released nowadays? Are they getting better or worse when it comes to depicting safety and injury prevention measures? The American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned that many scenes in movies that are targeted for kids depict dangerous activities and unsafe practices.
What do you think of the children’s films that are released nowadays? Are they getting better or worse when it comes to depicting safety and injury prevention measures? The American Academy of Pediatrics is concerned that many scenes on children’s films depict dangerous activities and unsafe practices. In their study, researchers examined sixty seven G-rated and PG-rated movies released from 2003 to 2007. They didn’t say which films they included in the study but they said that there were close to a thousand person-scenes in them.
Researchers revealed that depiction of some injury prevention practices such as wearing seat belts, using zebra crossing, and wearing helmets when riding a bike have improved. However, they said that there is still room for a lot of improvements as very few films clearly depicted the consequences for unsafe practices.
The American Academy of Pediatrics advise parents to closely monitor the films that their kids watch. Parents should also highlight scenes which depict violence and educate their kids as to which actions are safe and proper. In the US, accidents are the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 14. Television programs and films are somehow partly to be blamed for this because children often imitate what they see on their favourite shows or films.
Is there a children’s film or television show that you think has too much violence? Has it somehow affected your children’s behaviour in a certain way?