Stay Cool Dad

Individual media identities by Simon Sharwood
December 5, 2006, 11:41 pm
Filed under: Just listened to ...

Our older child has just turned five. So the older he gets the more sophisticated his appreciation of media becomes.

This means your younger child, nearly two and a half, gets to experience an awful lot of media intended for older kids.

As a result she does not really have her own ‘media identity’. She has not picked up on a particular show or character independently of her older brother, basically because she has to compete for media time.

She is more or less content to slipstream her older brother. But the result is that she feigns interest in dinosaurs and trains and does not have a particular proclivity that she has evolved indpendent of her brother’s influence.

On the one hand this is not terrible: it means no boy vs. girl arguments.

On the other I worry that she is entirely socialised by her brother rather than having the chance to explore media herself.

Time to think of some ways to change that, I think.


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