TV content may upset young kids



FULL FRONTAL nudity, car crashes and house fires have parents monitoring their children's televison viewing.

Evelyn Knopke has three children under five and has a difficult time trying to answer their questions when they see the news updates during their children's programs.

'When there was those fires they asked about the kids burning and then they ask 'Is our house going to burn?',' Evelyn said.

'If there's a car crash they ask 'Is our car going to crash?'.

'You can't answer them when they're this age, they don't need to know.'

The public has recently shown concern about Big Brother with its high level of sexual content and nudity and has seen suggestions for a G-rated net-work, but Evelyn's concern remains the news.

'What they're doing on Big Brother is a problem but news is more of a problem for me,' Evelyn said.

'It's a concern that they have inappropriate images and the effect is they're scared ? children don't need news highlights.

'You think they're safe and next thing they're watching a car crash.

'A G-rated network would be excellent. With a G-rated network you're safe to leave it on the program and not worry about what they're watching.'

Grandmother Ann Morris studied the effects of TV on children and said the best method of controlling children's viewing was up to the parents.

'A G-rated network would be good but can you rely on children to stay on that channel? Parents have to be with them all the time,' Ann said.



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