PROTECT CHILDREN FROM HARMFUL MEDIA
High Sound for Children has extended media clubs in Mukono with a call to parents, teachers, and caretakers to keenly monitor what children access off and online for guidance.
Speaking at the launch of the clubs at JesJonny Primary school in Mukono, the executive Director High Sound for Children, Hadijah Mwanje says media is good for children but can be a disaster if no controls are implemented.
“The COVID Pandemic saw our children introduced to online learning which calls for the use of the internet. This is very good but could turn into a disaster if parents, teachers, and caretakers do not keenly monitor what the children access especially online. We need to be more vigilant and guide our children on what is harmful content.” She spoke.
She also appealed to journalists and the media at large to ensure that content published, and run-on different media platforms is not harmful to children and alerts given before content is aired.
Through the clubs, High Sound for Children introduces children to media and offer analytical guidance on access and use of media.
The clubs that were launched in 2019 are currently operational in Wakiso, Kampala and now Mukono district.
“Like we all know, children learn by what they see or hear, and the major source of this information is media. But we also know that not all media is good for children”. Hadijah Mwanje noted adding that the clubs are also a platform for children to speak out on issues that concern them.
Members of the clubs have represented Ugandan children at many platforms including celebrations by UNICEF Africa for the International Day of the African Child, International Children Day, and club members have joined other children across Africa to give feed back to the committee experts on the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the child.
Speaking at the launch, the headteacher, Jesjonny Primary, Joseph Kisa welcomed the initiative by High Sound for Children saying it is an opportunity to hear from the children especially after the long stay at home because of COVID 19.
“We are very happy that our school was selected for the clubs, we don’t take this for granted and we look forward to the program.” Tr. Kisa said