December 4, 2013

NEWS: Call for law to monitor media content watched by children

DOHA: Industry experts from the fields of policy, production, psychology, regulation and acting discussed how to reduce the amount of violence children are exposed to during the final industry session at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival.

The panel on ‘Media violence and our children: How much is too much” was chaired by Qatar’s Head of Theatre at the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Saad Bourschied.

A variety of questions were raised, including the need for laws and legislation, enforcement of regulation and whose responsibility it is to monitor what media content children are consuming.

Sheikha Najla bint Faisal Al Thani, Director at the ministry, discussed the increase in video game sales in the country, highlighting positive and negative effects this medium can have on the younger generation. 

However, she suggested there is still work to be done to ensure that parents choose the right games for their children to play.

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