What Do We Want For Our Kids On Screen?

A Panel Discussion and Q & A featuring Dr Maya Götz

“Media has the power to create inner images. It shapes self-image, offers perspectives of what is the right way to handle problems and where to aim for in life.  So what kind of images and stories do you want for your child?”            

Dr Maya Götz (Head of the International Central Institute for Youth and Educational Television)

Based on current research insights, this session will present and discuss problems as well as opportunities for children’s television in a lively and practical way in the New Zealand context. Children nowadays are growing up in a media saturated society. Television, mobile phones, computer, gameboy, touchpad etc. are omnipresent. Both parents and children need to learn how to deal with the fascination of media. That means on the one hand limiting media use, on the other consciously choosing television shows and media that are truly enriching for one’s children. Media research can clearly point to the problems. Besides the danger of consuming too much television it is the content that represents the biggest problem for building up a healthy identity.

Dr Maya Gotz is sought out as a consultant in the fields of knowledge concepts, character development, and pilot testing for producers. She is a judge for the Prix Jeunesse, the pre-eminent international award for children’s media, and the children’s Emmy Award.

Auckland: Tues 5th March, 5:30-7pm, St Columba Centre40 Vermont St, Ponsonby

Panellists: Dr Maya Götz, John Harris (Greenstone TV), children’s presenter/producer Suzy Cato, Clare Curran (Labour Party Broadcasting Spokesperson)

Free Entry

Wellington: Thurs 7th March, 5:30-6:45pm, NZ Film Archive84 Taranaki St

Panellists: Dr Maya Gotz, Yvonne Mackay (Company Director Production Shed.TV), Martin Baynton (Writer/Executive Producer, Pukeko Pictures), Grant Robertson (Labour Party MP for Wellington Central)

Free Entry

NB: there will be a charge of $5 for a glass of wine at the Auckland session so bring some cash if you want to have a drink afterward.  In Wellington you can buy a drink from the NZ Film Archive bar.