2002

One tends to think of communication, especially today in terms of the Internet and its associated applications. The traditional media of communication, have, as a consequence, been somewhat neglected and suffered a decline in attractiveness.

However, the traditional print media have a certain edge over the electronic variety in that they can influence more deeply the recipients. The electronic variety have a tendency to be very transient. They appear at the click of a button and disappear with even greater speed, invariably leaving little or no impact on the recipient. The whole process of scrolling through texts on a screen is not exactly conducive to studied reflection.

Print media, on the other hand is there to be read, pondered, returned to again and again at will, at any time and any place without recipients having to remain staring at a screen.
In a recent document entitled "The Church and the Internet" the Pontifical Council for Social Communication which issued the document had this advice to Parents in respect of the use of the Internet on the part of their children.

"For the sake of their children, a s well a s for their own sakes, parents must “learn and practice the skills of discerning viewers and listeners and readers, acting as models of prudent use of media in the home”. As far as the Internet is concerned, children and young people often are more familiar with it than their parents are, but parents still are seriously obliged to guide and supervise their children in its use. If this means learning more about the Internet than they have up to now, that will be all to good.

Parental supervision Parental supervision should include making sure that filtering technology is used in computers available to children when that is financially and technically feasible, in order to protect them as much as possible from pornography, sexual predators, and other threats. Unsupervised exposure to the Internet should not be allowed. Parents and children should dialogue together about what is seen and experienced in cyberspace; sharing with other families who have the same values and concerns will also be helpful. The fundamental parental duty here is to help children become discriminating, responsible Internet users and not addicts of the Internet, neglecting contact with their peers and with nature itself."
Newspapers are certainly one of the Media of Communication, and the Church which sees the media as tools of Evangelization, does not overlook "newspapers” as a very important tool for achieving its mission. The Catholic News founded in 1935, and its Mandarin counterpart, Hai Sing Pao, founded in 1955 are the two official Catholic newspapers in Singapore.

Objectives

Vatican II and the post-Conciliar documents have outlined the objectives of the Catholic Press and th ese objectives can be succinctly described a s follows: "To inform and to form through information." The purpose of the Catholic Press is thus, not merely to provide information or facts, but to provide, above all, analysis and commentary on the facts and thus contribute to the continuing formation in faith of the Church's members.
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