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The types and the quality of TV programmes watched by children in Poland is absolutely horrifying. Discuss this statement and offer some possible solutions.
Rodzaje i jakość programów telewizyjnych oglądanych przez dzieci jest przerażająca. Jakie mogą być rozwiązania problemu.
When we think of Polish everyday life, we can easily notice the
attitude that making a profit is more important than anything else. Thus,
television in Poland has also become very commercialized over recent years. As
a result, a number of programmes for children has been still declining.
According to the Central Statistical Office's research published in the Gazeta
Wyborcza, of the one hundred per cent of viewers who watch soap opera entitled
'The Rebellious Angel', over sixteen per cent reported are children with the
4-15 age group. Moreover, almost the same population of young people very
often watch reality shows such as 'Big Brother' or 'Two Words'. This means
that children watch what they should not watch. Perhaps the main reason for this
alarming fact is the lack of money on making programmes for young audience.
Other contributing factors include the quality of broadcasts and the time of
showing them on television.
Firstly, one way to combat this problem would be for the TV
management to decide to intend a certain pool of money for making
programmes for children. Naturally, it appears a question: how to earn money
for this purpose? It would be a good idea if a profit from the advertised products
for children was spent nothing but on broadcasts for the young viewers.
Furthermore, the TV management should focus its attention on trying to find
persons and organisations that would help to pay for making programmes, films
or plays for children. Consequently, a pool of money for this purpose would be
on the increase.
Another way to solve this financial problem would be for the
government to earmark a quantity of money for output of broadcasts for
children. Not only would such a sponsorship aid to television's budget, but it
might also be a good way to cooperate with TV management on making
An alternative way to deal with this problem could be also for the
government to censor the content of certain types of programmes. These
broadcasts that are felt to exert negative influence on children or are of poor
quality could not be shown or only late at night when young people are not
likely to be watching. Thus, the degree to which children might be negatively
affected by what they watch would be limited.
If measures were taken to increase the quality of the programmes,
the situation might improve. The TV management could organise a competition
to find the most interesting and popular play or film for children. In this way,
not only would money motivate the producers and the artists to make high-grade
broadcasts, but a lot of prestige, success and satisfaction might also be
encouraged to do that.
One final suggestion which would help, is to change the time of
showing programmes for today's youth. A lot of broadcasts are shown at all
hours and usually during the time the children are at school. It would be a good
idea if some of the programmes could be viewed at the same time of the day or
of the week by the children who are at home and have their free time. As a
result, watching TV every young person would have a chance to find something
interesting for herself or himself.
To sum up, there are several measures which could be taken to
overcome a problem of the types and the horrifying quality of TV programmes
watched by children in Poland. If the government and the TV management alike
were to change this situation, the young viewers would watch their favourite,
high quality programmes during their free time.