Monday, March 9, 2009

Nonfiction Monday: How does the media see children?

Interesting document put out by a UK group on children’s rights and the media. I found this particularly fascinating:

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently
expressed concern ‘at the general climate of intolerance
and negative public attitudes towards children, especially
adolescents, which appears to exist in the [UK], including
in the media, and may be often the underlying cause of
further infringements of their rights.’ This is the first time
the UN Committee has issued a statement like this to a
Western industrialised nation. It recommended ‘urgent
measures to address the intolerance and inappropriate
characterization of children, especially adolescents, within
the society, including the media…’

Is America much better? We’re fairly obsessed with teen culture when it comes to entertainment, but do we treat actual teenagers very well?

(And you know the US has not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child? We’re not alone, though, thankfully. Among the signatories, Somalia hasn’t ratified either. Apparently this has a little to do with constitutional sovereignty and with Texas’ desire to execute minors.)

1 comment:

Shelli said...

seems like we usually catch on after UK and europeans. don't we?