March 14, 2017

How to interview children. Why it is needed? What to start? What to avoid?


Why is this information needed?

We have time and again we read in the newspapers and magazines for children, see them on television, hear them on the radio, but as a rule, it does not say they do, and about them. Thus, we learn that adults think about children, and they do not of themselves.

It happens that the method of media coverage of critical or crisis conditions in society causes us displeasure. For walking the line of least resistance, the media in such cases indicate only children victims of war, poverty or exploitation. Very rarely hear or read statements own children; they appear to the reader or the audience speechless sufferers. And yet we know – the words of the children themselves, – even those who live on the bottom, not without a sense of pride and self-esteem as well as their view of the world. Children say that they imposed the role of victims, and the only victims, they are disgusted – it degrades them and creates a distorted view of them. If we adults, in their place, the majority of us, it also would not be to their liking.

But to criticize the work of journalists is not enough. It is necessary to identify their mistakes and seek practical ways to address them.

The easiest way to give children the opportunity to express their point of view – is an interview with them. For this purpose, you can seek the assistance of the fine arts, drama, songs and other genres. “Do not just talk to adults” – talking about the issues of concern or just interested in the children, do not forget to involve them in it. Children account for nearly half the world’s population and see everything that is happening around them. Most adults are surprised by how much they know and understand children.

It is believed that working with children is not only difficult, but also sometimes dangerous. There is even a saying – “Never work with children or animals.” In addition, the one who when trying to interview the children will encounter icy silence, open hostility or embarrassed giggles, it may seem that there is some truth. The purpose of this brochure lies in the fact, to prove – to interview the children as possible, and even very successful, we just have a little plan for it and try to understand them. Then working with them can be interesting and exciting grateful. Our goal – to help you find the path to the children to work was not only easy to them, but also nice.

What to start?

Try to catch the children’s voices in the news broadcasts on radio and television. Think they are used correctly. Whether communicated often hear children saying that they think and feel?

Compare the experience of adult sentences on children and the children themselves about themselves.

What to avoid?

In the image, the same hackneyed methods of the media children are usually used. As you know, we are all in one way or another resort on edge standards, but certainly, when it comes to children, adults simply cannot do without stamps. Like once and found the formula best describe children and deviate from them does not make sense. Application from time to time, of course, is quite possible, but do not abuse them, as a result, are completely distorted images of children. Nevertheless, these stereotypes are firmly settle in the minds of adults. Moreover, as often complain about children; affect the views of the surrounding about them. Parents say children often believe more versions of the media than his experience with live children. That, naturally, has harmful consequences. If you are going to use another stamp on children, think about it, if he become familiar to your readers, listeners or viewers? Media tend to divide the children into clearly demarcated category – angels, innocent martyrs and brave young martyrs, on the one hand, bullies, brats, bullies and even juvenile offenders – the other. Have you noticed that the word “youth” and “young people” in the application of the media usually get a pejorative connotation? They are perceived as synonyms unrest. Black children living in the United Kingdom argue that the media will inevitably represent them in the darkest colors. In addition, the children with disabilities complain that their show beings, not like other people, strange and pitiful. Moreover, the essence of the stories about them are always the same – “they win a tragedy.” Think about domestic stamps on children: children Gypsies – always hooligans, street thieves; children, cancer patients – the innocent martyrs who dream only of a ticket to the circus; child prodigies – miniature adults.

We interviewed children, figuring out what they think about how they portray the media. Here are their answers.

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