All afternoons, after school, most of the children arrive to their homes and what they usually do? In the majority of cases, they turn on the tv and start to watch programs, including soap operas without any suppervision. I remember doing this as a kid at home in Caracas, Venezuela.
Children and teenagers spend a lot of hours in front of the television watching those programs that have a bad consequences in their behavior. The soap opera is a television genre made for entertainment, but in many cases it has a negative effect on society because people copy the behaviors that could be violent. Successful soaps tend to be smartly written, sexy and replete with plot twists and love triangles, including domestic violence against women generally speaking. In the best-case scenario, the show becomes popular, and viewers begin to incorporate some of the themes into their lives.
If societies, specially in Latin America countries, are influenced by these writers and their soap operas, there is no surprise that in many countries where these programs are popular, domestic violence cases are high, drugs, prostitution, among others, are common.
How can we protect our children from learning and replicating these behaviours in the future? where is the responsibility of TV networks, soap opera writers and society in general?