Why interview the children?
Kids want to speak.
Babies have something to say fresh and interesting.
Children look at things differently than adults.
Something the education system, games, children’s exploitation etc. – regard to children is much greater than us, and therefore, it is important to know what they think on this score.
The conversation during the interview with the child promotes mutual understanding between them and adults and helps to reduce the gap between the generations because hostility between old and young is very often because they do not talk to each other.
Interview increases the child’s self-confidence in their abilities, help him develop as a person.
Children, like adults, are consumers of media products. Since they are interested in what they think and feel the other children, the use of materials on this subject in the media can increase the number of their consumers.
Children have the right to listen to them, take into account their opinions and provided them with a platform for media statements. These principles are set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
You yourself take away from this interview a lot of instructive.
Preparing an interview
“I think that the journalist is going to talk about the children, should first meet them and see how they relate to It.”
“They are convinced that we know nothing about politics should you say something about politics as you immediately terminated:” Leave, you did not know that you carry. For the success of the case for the interview to be, a little prepared. This does not mean that it is necessary to plan the content and duration, the more so the longer it lasts, the better.
However, to collect at least basic information about the location and circumstances of a child’s life is very useful. Children, like adults, do not like ignorant visitors who are wasting time on pointless questions. Indeed, in anticipation of a meeting with an adult, you learn clippings or otherwise acquainted with the realities of his life, so why not do the same in the case of a child?
Consult with children
Collecting material for an article, essay or review of the program, enlisted the help of children. Try to find out what issues are important to them, of the children can participate in your job or an interview, when and where you can find suitable for your target children and so on, that is, behave in the same way as to any other interview Meanwhile, journalists are even preparing for a meeting with children, they are often limited to only preliminary conversations with adults.
Choose the right topic
Children are interested in many things not only pop music, fashion, games and other entertainment. To your surprise, they can offer to discuss a very serious topic. As children, for that matter, and adults, are more willing to talk about all the materials of interest to them, you will have to seek to interview a cross between your intentions and their wishes. However, it is the same as what you should be prepared when you go for an interview with an adult: a conversation can go in a completely different direction than you are expecting, and then you should be flexible.
One child or group of children?
If the interview is not dedicated to any particular event in the life of a child is better to talk with a small group of children. Children are accustomed to the fact that they inhibit the adults, forced to dance to their tune, and the child, if he is alone in the presence of a stranger adult may lose courage and start to get nervous. Not understanding what was wanted of him; he will not soon come to his senses and be able to speak. Much better, if there are friends or classmates then he is calm and relaxed. In the group of children feel stronger, more confident, even those of the timid, and do not hesitate to submit a voice (as long as you do not give it to stifle a lively one present). Children tend to stump each other, thereby facilitating your work. The optimum size of the group four to six people, this is enough to loosened tongues and all spoke. With a larger number of participants will be difficult to trace who said what, especially when several people speak in unison. Calling children do not interrupt each other, to give to others to speak, not a command refer to him with the request to give you a good opportunity to hear the views of another, just as you would apply to adults who are prone to precisely the same behavior in the group.
Do not forget the age factor. For large age, differences in the younger group can shade in front of the elders. It is preferred to select as much as possible of children of the same age, and sometimes and same sex.
However, some children are able to open only in a conversation face to face. What if they do not wish to be witnesses of the revelations, or distrust of other children and adults? Ask your children what they prefer, show sensitivity. However, do not forget at the same time to observe the child’s safety rules. Not by chance in many countries, particularly in the United Kingdom to enter into conversation with strangers is not recommended for children. They may flatly refuse to be alone with you in a separate room. Be careful do not let their behavior a reason to accuse you in an effort to abuse the trust of children.