With the increase exposure of youtube and video sharing sites, children these days are exposed to all types of violence, sex, scandals and what not. I once saw a girl, probably around 9 or 10 years old, surfing videos to watch on youtube at one of those free access computers at a computer store. If they’re already getting access to all kinds of videos and shows online, than why are we restricting them to watching good films in the cinemas?
When I first saw the poster of The Days at the cinema, I was puzzled why this show was rated NC-16 instead of a PG show. After I watched it, I just got even more puzzled. There wasn’t any disturbing scene that is not suitable for the young. The movie has very good educational purpose in many ways too.
Just to state a few…
(+) It shows how things have changed from the 1980s.
(+) It tells a true story of an inspirational story. From being a gangster in his teenage days, to realising his mistake and turning anew, and now an ITE lecturer and aspiring director. Shouldn’t this be shared with the teenagers now and guiding them to seeing that there’s always a better way of life than the one they’re having now?
(+) It tells the story of how being bad and wanting revenge leads to either death or getting jailed?
As I’d mentioned in my interview with Debbie, the journalist from ST, I see The Days as a good source for educational purposes. With parents being busy with work and the younger generation not wanting to listen to their parents nagged non-stop, this show can be a way to teach them a lesson. But it being NC16 just restricts them from watching it in the cinema. But of course, they’ll still be able to catch it when the DVD is out. So what’s the difference of having it PG13 or even PG now?
Some might be afraid that the show may bring back those days to present by the kids who see it as being cool and stylo. But if they’re being guided and if there’s some form of discussion going on after they’d watched the show, perhaps it might just turn the table around. And hopefully they’ll see that its time to change and aim for the better.
For The Days to be a good educational source, it’ll take a lot of effort from the parents and schools. In fact, there are other films like Royston’s 15 about juvenile delinquents, rated R(A), could also be a source for discussions in schools. Using a teacher’s term, perhaps someone can compile a Teacher’s guide and a set of teaching resources based on such movies to be used in schools.
This post is just some thoughts on the breaking news on ST: Let under-16 watch The Days.
Any thoughts to share?