Children make demands on how media should report about them

Media Monitoring Africa (non-profit organisation) spends time monitoring some of the major publications in South Africa to promote ethical and fair journalism that supports human rights.

This year, the organisation has selected a group of children to monitor the same publications for a 15-week period. These children have developed a critical eye for the media.

On Wednesday, they presented their demands to a panel of reputable media professionals and editors.

Listen to the editors' responses to the children's demands on the Redi Tlhabi Show:

Representatives of children monitors present their demands to the panel of editors

Miguel Subrumuny, Grade 7 learner from Park Senior Primary in Turfontein says that children feel invisible because they are not represented in the media.

Demands:

  • More stories about children

  • Children should be taken seriously and not be underestimated by the media

Cedella Kasinahama, Grade 7 learner from Parkhurst Primary in Parkhurst says that children speak in only 9% of stories relating to them which she believes is unfair. She demands that this should change.

Children are not just future leaders; they also have a role in the present and they should be heard.

Cedella Kasinahama, Grade 7 learner from Parkhurst Primary in Parkhurst

Reporting on children's education has increased from 13% in 2010 to 18% in 2015; this is good because media understands that education is a priority.

Cedella Kasinahama, Grade 7 learner from Parkhurst Primary in Parkhurst

Cedella demands that media reports about the positive stories that are happening to children and not just the negatives.

Realeboga Nemurura ,Grade 7 learner from Naturena Primary in Naturena says that a number of stories that are not violating children's rights remain high at 97%. She demands that journalists should include solutions in children's stories not just problems.

What is special about our monitoring is that we gave our opinions and how we felt about the stories we analysed

Realeboga Nemurura ,Grade 7 learner from Naturena Primary in Naturena

Emmanuel Ngoie, Grade 7 learner, Troyeville Primary in Troyeville

We demand that journalist put more effort in getting more information before publishing stories about children

Emmanuel Ngoie, Grade 7 learner, Troyeville Primary in Troyeville

Journalists should not interview children when they are still traumatised. They should be given time to heal.

Emmanuel Ngoie, Grade 7 learner, Troyeville Primary in Troyeville

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