n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Protecting children against violence on television : do the bullets hit home?




This article deals with the protection of children against screen violence. The dilemma of the regulator to balance the right of freedom of expression and the rights of children is highlighted. As the infringement of fundamental rights can be tolerated if the infringement is a reasonable means of combating harm, the question is asked whether screen violence is harmful to children. The regulation of television content is further examined and the conclusion reached that proper safeguards are in place to protect children. However, the success of these safeguards is often dependent on the involvement of parents. As parents are not always present when children are watching television, it is argued that children should be empowered to become responsible viewers.


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