Like parents in many other places, those of children at the Rosary Matriculation Higher Secondary School run by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in the Indian city of Chennai are worried about the influence of the media, especially television, on their children.
Chennai, which used to have the colonial name of Madras, is the capital of Tamil Nadu state and India's fourth largest city. The school is known for its academic excellence and is rated as one of the best schools in the city. Last June the school presented a well-attended program for parents on media education, which, said principal Sister Mary Zacharia, “is crucial not only to children but also for parents. Children need formation and guidance to use media discriminately. Their future depends not only on their studies but also proper role models, moral, social, and spiritual formation.”
Dr. Magimai Pragasam, one of the presenters, highlighted the contribution of media to the growth of humanity but also discussed the damages media cause among children today and the practical strategies to develop healthy media habits so that children become critical consumers of media.
Enabling children to look at media critically, helping them to understand how media messages are constructed, and transforming them into active participants from the position of passive viewers were the three main areas each session dealt with.
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