Thu | Feb 20, 2020

Leave children alone

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:18 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

A video has been making the rounds on social media of Spalding Primary School answering a question on TVJ’s Junior School Challenge Quiz (JSCQ).

In the clip, the students were asked to identify the individual shown on the screen. In the original video, the children were shown popular actor Jason Statham, but instead replied that it was the Austria-born leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler.

However, the video being shared around has spliced out Mr Statham and, instead, has the face of The Most Honourable Andrew Holness as the individual to identify. The video also abruptly ends at the point where the host would reveal the name of the individual.

I enjoy my fair share of moments where I laugh at the responses on the quiz programmes, with some of the more recent ones giving me quite a laugh, such as Albert Town Primary identifying Simona Halep as Serena Williams, and Manning’s High School stating 1947 as the date for WhatsApp’s creation, which are innocent errors that happen in the heat of the moment.

However, I don’t stand for the politicization of an incorrect answer involving children. This spliced video not only makes the children seem inept, but makes them appear as if they are aligned with a political faction. The person who created the video has no idea of the potential risk those children may face in the future, based on that response ‘involving’ the leader of the country.

My only warning to persons sharing content on social media is to be careful of what they circulate, as fake content (news, media and posts) grows in popularity, with its effects being wide-reaching – beyond their realm of space. If you can’t verify a video and don’t trust its authenticity, don’t share it.

DAVID ROSE