Do the Children today know more than they should? What Is the Role of Media?

With the world getting modern each second, the rituals and the traditions are also changing accordingly.  What our parents used to like in their childhood was what that completely differed to our hobbies and interests and similarly, the kids of today have their own life in which they have new trends, which is obvious and  quite understandable too. However, what makes this topic relevant enough to be discussed is the fact that are the children of today know a little too much than what they should know in their age?  Let us see in detail.

Going back to few years, say 90’s, children and the childhood seemed much civilized.  Getting up at 7am and doing breakfast watching the daily telecast of DODO cartoon on STN (the only private channel that kept the people of the nation entertained along with PTV) and leaving for school, having the sweet thoughts of how amazing the cartoon series were, was certainly bliss. Returning from the school and taking nap with an excitement to get up at 5 to watch the Cartoon Network which used to be aired on STN for two hours. Watching Camp Candy and Tom and Jerry had its own charm in every way. While the children used to enjoy two dedicated hours of the channels, parents too, on the other hand, used to be much relaxed about the secured content been watched by their children.  All in all, watching television was a source of entertainment and not a source of living as it has become now.

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If you analyze the blessings of few channels in past, you would see that the children were far better students in the past as compared to now. There were special magazines been printed for the kids like Taleem-o-Tarbiyat and Hamdard Naunehal that encouraged the young learners to pay attention on their reading and understanding skills!  Even watching news was a part of learning where students were been directed by their teachers to watch the News been aired at 9pm, where students could learn about the current happenings within the country and the world, which is now obviously pretty different these days.



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Now that the world has taken new moves in every sense, the living standards and the life styles have also changed drastically. These days the routine of the children is such that a child sleeps late at night, probably because he is either watching Big Boss late at night or his favorite movie and gets up late for school, often feeling dizzy and mentally tired. Leaving for  school without breakfast and spending at least half an hour in dressing up like John Abraham and setting up the spikes (The mountains as I call them) over their  head. The class discussions are no more limited to the course but often revolve around the latest movies, the celebrity updates and the latest songs. Now that the media has grown much rapidly, no household can avoid the melodramas and the weird topics that are enough to make children someone above their age.

The 24/7 telecast of Cartoon Network, Nick, Disney, etc., has made the cartoon world a less interesting place as now children are much interested in the daily soaps and the love stories that are a must-to-have part. Think about the serial Cinderella, isn’t it funny to change the entire theme of the fairytale under the same slogan? Think about the new spiderman drama where a mother-in-law keeps on sticking to her son’s room, never leaving a chance of privacy. I mean, this is something that is not only dangerous for the nourishment of the little minds but also a threat to the literature and history.

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The question still remains, do the children know more than they should, according to me, yes, and thanks to media for this. Even if we skip the drama industry for now, the news and the street shows are enough to do the remaining task. Take my example, I didn’t know anything about the gay society till my O levels, Too dumb of me I guess, but now there are  special shows with bold headings going on, showing interviews of the gays and the live shoot across the streets. How does it possible that first you show everything to the young minds and then expect them to stay away? There are families who do not approve  such shows in front of their children but again, for how long they can protect them from watching the 24/7 online dirt? It’s merely impossible!

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Children are becoming bold, losing the sense of boundaries and even a grade VI student can identify whether his teacher is pregnant or not. These are the facts that seem quite absurd to hear or to talk about but really, there is a serious need of recalculating our moral values.

The Media is not the only one to be blamed here, but an overall change of mentalities is needed in the country. Being a part of a Muslim state, it is important to match the fakeness of today with the reality of the religion-and-civilization.

Share your views and Protect your  Child!


Nida Zaidi


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  • Daniel M.Idrees

    A Good Article. This is so True ..

    • nida_zaidi

      Thank you Daniel, Pleasure to have you here

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  • Amara Bloch

    Excellent topic and article…One of the main issues of our society which are not being taken seriously..Today the greatest lost is that children have lost their innocence…Social media has also caused lots of negativity in society along with their good work.

  • nida_zaidi

    Thank you so much Amara, 🙂 well said

  • Amna

    True that! I agree with each and every word you have written. Media is gradually giving birth to the increasing vulgarity in children's minds. Great article!

    • nida_zaidi

      THank you Amna 🙂

  • mona samreen

    its really ture…..its getting more tough to raise kids…..

    • nida_zaidi

      certainly !

  • saba

    i aGree cent percent,today u r not even able to watch the NEWS with family(kids,little siblings) n the shows on the News channels are absurd they show much vulgarity than truth as they claim sigh:-(

  • abid

    100% agree
    bt this is also fact that we can't produce 'cam candy, thunder cest, ninga turtle now so, wht shud b the alternatives bcz entertainment is essential for every child. we all know that media can never change now they all r in the race of ratings.
    any suggestions???

  • haseeb

    any suggestion or solution?

  • ms.sherlock

    I totally agree with you. i oberve it daily how much the younger ones are exposed to overage stuff. Once a classmate of mine asked the libraraian for one of the books in twilight series. She wanted to issue it but they had all been borrowed. What surprised me was that the libraraian said that all copies had been issued by the 6 graders and she would have to wait. I hink many would agree that Twilight series is not for 6 graders.

    Another example is of the TOUCH AD that used to come to our screens like 3 yrs back. It was the hot topic in our school as what the ad was about.

    I think media has played a major role in spoiling our young generations minds. I must also point out the dramas that hae now come to our television screens. Najaiz aulad , pregnant, rape and such cases are being discussed so openly in dramas that now you cannot watch them with your families.

    I do hope our society realizes how we are spoiling the minds of our future by exposing them to such content at such an early age

    • nida_zaidi

      Ms. Sherlock, I totally Agree with the points you mentioned in your comment. It is a dilemma that now children are no more interested in the stories of their age, and honestly speaking, why would they be, they have much better and attractive things in reach. We first play no role in conserving our traditions and then blame the society for spreading vulgarity

  • kisekiboa

    This is why kids in Pakistan need Children shows! I see that kids are shown bollywood movies, morning shows, fashion shows, and vaihiyat stuff on tv! No wonder they are like this! They need to learn how to be kids and not little adults! I mean why are their parents letting them watch this stuff! Your kid doesnt need to know all the bollywood actors and items songs, morning show trends and beauty tips, or the lastest (vulger) fashion! KIDS NEED TO BE TAUGHT TO BE KIDS! I see kids these day who have much attitude and call themselves beautiful and talk like an adult. I was never like that! Also parents need to spank their kids if they do something wrong! That is the way kids learn what they have done is not right! I see ppl being "modern" (when that is not even modern means) and not hitting their kids but their kids hit and scream at them. They expose kids and make them who they are by not stoping them and letting them learn from shows like these.

  • and

    very nice article and very true!…. we are in immense need of positive alternatives for our children instead of just condemning our society and media, the parents can play the major role in this regard as they must start with their own selves because everybody knows that children do what they see their parents doing!… if parents are enjoying their selves with immoral programs and shows how would they can expect their children to avoid such things???

  • Ms Amber

    I am 100% agree with you, today’s child know more than need..this is very alarming situation for us..and certainly the media is 99% responsible for it..