Date: Sunday, June 5, 2016
Participants (from 11 countries):
USA: Rick | Argentina: Johny | Iran: Zeinab, Zivar | Algeria: Djamila, Soso | Tunisia: Amin | Vietnam: Amina | Switzerland: George | Russia: Oleg | Egypt: Heytham | Nepal: Grace | Mauritania: Boboty
Panel PRO (Team A): Zeinab, Djamila, George
Panel CON (Team B): Hamzabat, Amin
Audience (Team C): Amina, Oleg, Johny, Zivar, Boboty, Grace
Team A summary:
- It can be helpful for parents to control the type of messaging that children receive from music.
- Music videos can be inappropriate and they too should get rated as any other movie.
- Drugs, sex and other vulgar things are not suitable for kids and in order to have a healthier society the government should also regulate the music industry.
- We should ban anything that exposes children to dangerous and inappropriate things.
- They can still listen to this music but once they have the allowed age.
- Inappropriate music can have a large impact both morally and spiritually on children.
- This is not about banning certain types of music, rather its about providing awareness to the parents, who are ultimately responsible for their children's well-being.
- Songs and video clips can be very suggestive.
- We have to think about the role model images that some of these music videos suggest.
- Drugs, sex and violence are not for children and these are common themes in some music/music videos.
Team B summary:
- The government is not the only responsible party that should look out for the welfare of its citizens. We are all responsible.
- It is against freedom of expression and the government should protect this right, not ban it.
- Making and listening to music is an international and global activity. One government cannot ban the entire music in the planet.
- People should be responsible for themselves and have a sense of what is morally right or wrong, and not to rely so much in the government nor to give too much power to them.
- It’s almost impossible to control it and it should be up to the parents to control what their kids can or cannot listen.
Team C summary:
- Governments have many things to do and people need to take responsibility for themselves and choose what is appropriate by themselves.
- It can be difficult to protect people from what comes from books, conversation and music.
- It’s an impossible thing to accomplish.
- People don’t trust in the government’s judgement.
- It wouldn’t make any difference.
- Amina voted for team A.
- Oleg remained undecided.
- Johny remained undecided.
Team A won this debate. Thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to this discussion.