Friday, September 23, 2011

Code of Practice - Childrens Drama

"The effect of strong language depends on the choice of words, the speaker and the context.  Different words cause different degrees of offence in different communities as well as in different parts of the world.
  A person's age, sex, education, employment, faith, nationality and where they live, may all have an impact on whether or not they might be offended."
This is the guideline that BBC editors have to stick by and it can link in with children’s drama because you can’t use strong language as the show is for children. Also it says that different words or sayings might not mean anything to a certain sex or age but it might still be hurtful to someone watching the show, so they have to make sure that nothing is said that might make someone feel hurt.

"Our audiences, particularly children, can be frightened or distressed by the portrayal of both real and fictional violence."
This can definitely apply to a show for children as it is correct that some violence could frighten a child especially one that may have never seen anything like it.

The BBC editorial guidelines also says about nudity and that if it is implied at all that it has to be relevant and that if what is in the T.V or radio is something that is an appeal to children then it shouldn’t really be mentioned. The BBC also say about sex and that they wouldn’t usually even mention it for older audiences as it may be offensive, so you get the idea that it would never even be implied or suggested in something a child watches.

"We must balance the need to reflect realistically the range of public attitudes and behaviour with the danger of encouraging potentially damaging or illegal behaviour, particularly amongst children."
Once again it is saying that they can never mention any sort of illegal activity as children can be easily manipulated.

"Children can be influenced by what they see, hear and read.  Behaviour likely to be easily imitable by children in a manner that is dangerous, must not be broadcast”
Once again this is saying how easy it is to influence children and anything that children might try copy that could be dangerous cannot be shown. An example could be the WWE (wrestling) as it was viewed by a lot of children and didn't warn people that it is dangerous, until people started imitating the moves they had seen and got hurt and some people had quite bad injuries. Now they have to tell people do not copy what you see.

"We should apply the principles of the BBC Child Protection Policy in our dealings with children and young people under 18.  Their welfare is our paramount consideration.  This means their interests and safety must take priority over any editorial requirement."
This is defiantly relevant in children’s drama as they have children on the show, it say that they have to check their health and safety and make sure that the children never come to any harm.

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