Internet damaging children's Home and Away-watching skills
YOUNG people’s obsession with the internet could spell the end for traditional pastimes like watching Home and Away, according to new research.
The Institute for Studies found that 74% of under-13s are unable to watch an entire episode of the Australian soap opera without touching Alf Stewart’s forehead in the hope of opening another browser.
Concerned parent Tom Logan said: “When I was growing up, the whole household would get together to enjoy television whether it was sitcoms, the news or erotic thrillers.
“It was very much a shared experience, all of us staring at the same screen and helping each other focus for up to half an hour at a time.”
He added: “The storylines on shows like The Bill would be exciting but also carry a moral message that really made you think.
“We would pass crisps around, and sometimes the silence in the room would be punctuated by someone making a comment about a character’s hat.
“And unlike internet sessions, no one would be masturbating.”
Concern over the impact of the internet on television has led parents’ group Parental Guidance to launch ‘TV Is Cool’, a campaign designed to stimulate young people’s interest in traditional broadcasting.
Director Helen Archer said: “We’ve designed a colourful character called Terry the Telly, who is really friendly and always showing great programmes like Hollyoaks and Gossip Girl.
“Meanwhile, his arch enemy is Internet Ivan, a black laptop who sounds a bit Russian and is afraid of daylight.
“He’s also full of tiny paedophiles.”