It was the World Cup final on Sunday and yes I know you know that.
The same day I had many texts, tweets and Facebook posts about watching the final on a channel other than the BBC.
The reason being that the reduced viewing figures would show the BBC that people are not happy and are ready to boycott the them because of its biased coverage of the Palestine-Israel conflict… or more to the point its lack of coverage on one side compared to the other.
My husband and I were discussing the final and I asked him whether he’d watch it on ITV (the alternative channel in the UK).
My eldest heard the conversation and asked why we wouldn’t be watching it on the BBC and what a boycott was.
I explained that Palestine and Israel were having a big fight and that the BBC had only been talking about what was happening on one side and not really talking about what was happening to the people on the other side and that we along with a lot of other people in the world felt it was very unfair.
He listened intently and then replied; “Well then that means that we can’t watch CBBC either (Children’s BBC) or BBC iPlayer”… I looked at him shocked, realising that yes of course we’d been watching it that day and at times we were quite reliant on it, especially since it is the school holidays… ahem(!)
He then stated that he wouldn’t watch CBBC or his favourite show ‘Arthur‘ (yes we love ‘Arthur’), until the BBC started being fair again.
“I am going to write a letter to the BBC to tell them they are being very naughty and they should be fair to everybody.”
I was surprised at his reaction and said yes that’s a good idea, since a lot of adults are writing to the BBC too. He could write the letter in the morning.
The next day, he wrote this ….
All of my children have since (it is day 2 today), not watched any BBC channels of their own volition!
I am surprised, shocked and extremely pleased.
Now you may be thinking that I am involving my children in to politics far too early. To this I would vehemently say I am not.
We were not intending to discuss this topic and I don’t know at what age I would have. However, my parenting style is to truthfully answer the questions my children ask. Yes, even when they come to me with questions about sex or something else that makes me shift in my seat, I will answer them.
Children need to be guided and taught values that will help them make a positive impact in their lives and on other lives. They need to learn early on about equality, fairness and kindness to others.
Malcolm X said:
I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
By making this decision, without any encouragement from me or my husband, my children are learning a few important lessons in life:
1. The truth is important
2. Be fair to everyone, whether you agree with them or not
3. Principles in certain things can have an effect on other things
4. Journalists and the media have a duty to report fairly on issues
5. Stand up for injustice
6. Your word counts
7. Change comes from one person being the catalyst
Now I don’t know how long my children will last. My eldest is having major ‘Arthur‘ withdrawal symptoms lol! However, each time he wants to watch his favourite shows, he reminds himself (and me because at times I want to put it on for some peace!) that he can’t.
He is asking whether the BBC have read his letter and have started being fair yet… when that will happen, no one knows(!)
I’ll leave you with words from Nelson Mandela to reflect on…
“There are so many men and women who hold no distinctive positions but whose contribution towards the development of society has been enormous.”
Let’s salute those people! 🙂
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