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Public Encouraged to Report Non-Child Friendly Television Shows

Posted on : 18-08-2009 | By : admin | In : TV

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The public may now report “non-child friendly TV shows” to the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) by typing BANTAYTV(space)NAME?AGE?ADDRESS?MESSAGE to 700-6228 or BANTAYTV(space)TV PROGRAM(space)DATE OF AIRING to 700-6228, as gathered from a news item of the Inquirer on 31 July 2009,  as follows:

TV monitored for offensive content

WITH ABOUT HALF OF PROGRAMS on television containing violence, the Department of Education (DepEd) launched on Wednesday a “Bantay TV” campaign, which asks viewers to report “offensive” scenes and dialogue that they believe are not suitable for children.

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus said the campaign was designed to convince TV networks and advertisers to promote child-friendly shows.

He said the campaign hopes to reduce by at least 20 percent the incidence of “vulgarity, discrimination, sex, and violence” on television.

Lapus said children in Metro Manila now spend about 3 hours a day in front of the television screen.

He said an average child would have watched 5,000 hours of TV by the time he or she enters Grade I and 25,000 hours by the end of high school or “more time that what would be spent in a classroom earning a college degree.”

Lapus said he believed “excessive violence, sex, and foul language on television are threats to our children’s well-being.”

“The TV that you are monitoring could be equal if not more influential than our teachers, because children spend more time with the TV monitor,” said Lapus, echoing a still controversial view.

DepEd, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the National Council for  Children’s Television (NCCT), and Smart Communications recently inked an agreement that would allow the public to send complaints to the NCCT via text messaging, the telephone, or through the Internet.

Members of the public can report “non-child friendly TV shows” to the NCCT by typing BANTAYTV(space)NAME?AGE?ADDRESS?MESSAGE to 700-6228 or BANTAYTV(space)TV PROGRAM(space)DATE OF AIRING to 700-6228.’”

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