Philippine Daily Inquirer
Thank you, Mr. Torre, for your column, “When TV turns offensive and intrusive.” This is most refreshing, especially coming from a top media practitioner.
You said, “Since it’s an invited or uninvited guest in people’s homes, TV should make sure it doesn’t ruffle the sensibilities of its hosts…What could kids at home be thinking? That it’s OK or even fun to mention private things on a public medium like TV? And, therefore, that it’s OK to do the same at home, in school, and wherever else they choose to be forthcoming, audacious and fun?”
We put grills on our windows and locks on our doors. Yet, inside we have the television, Internet, etc., that steal children’s clean minds and hearts, or distort them with cheap and offensive media content.
Families and media can study an approach that could well serve the relationship between them. Parents are children’s primary educators. Media takes the role of educator-substitute if families are not vigilant. Media should not be allowed to convey messages that [mislead].
Lella M. de Jesus
Commission on Family
Mary Mother of Good Counsel Parish, Parañaque City
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