THE ROLE OF MASS MEDIA IN ANTI-CHILD ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING CAMPAIGN (A CASE STUDY OF OWERRI METRO-POLIS)

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ABSTRACT

This study on the role of the mass media in anti-child abuse in Nigeria. A survey of Owerri metropolis. The study is aimed at addressing the role of the media on their campaign against child trafficking and abuse in Nigeria and to examine their effort being made as well, and also to have an overview of their encumbrances and their performance so far. A total of two hundred questionnaires we given out to the mass media audience and one hundred questionnaires were issued to the mass media practitioners. The response rate of the mass media audience was one hundred and ninety. While the mass media practitioner’s respondents were ninety. The data collected was analyzed to determine their responses. The response favourable and in support of the role of the media against child trafficking and abuse was analyzed and it was discovered that most of the victims of this ugly vices were from impoverished homes. 


TABLE OF CONTENT
Title page
Certification
Dedication
Acknowledgement
Abstract
Table of content

CHAPTER ONE
1.0            Introduction
1.1     Statement of problem
1.2     Purpose of the study
1.3     Significance of study
1.4     Research Question
1.5     Delimitation / Limitation
1.6     Definition of terms and concept

CHAPTER TWO
2.0            Literature Review
2.1     The concept of Mass Media
2.2     Theoretical framework / The Nigerian Mass Media Interest in the Anti-child trafficking and abuse.
2.3     The Mass Media as an agent of socialization
2.4     Nigerian Mass Media in the campaign against child trafficking and abuse.
2.5     Barriers to the Mass Media anti-child trafficking and abuse camping in Nigeria.
2.6     Criminal nature and legal framework of child trafficking and abuse
2.7     The Mass Media effect
2.8     Communication and language
CHAPTER THREE
3.0            Research Methodology
3.1     Research design
3.2     Area of study
3.3     Population
3.4     Sample size
3.5     The sampling technique
3.6     Instrument of data collection
3.7     Validity of Instrument

CHAPTER FOUR
Data Presentation
Presentation and Analysis

CHAPTER FIVE
Summary of Findings Conclusive Recommendation
5.1     Summary of finding
          Conclusion
          Summary
          Suggestion for further Research
          References

          Appendix


CHAPTER ONE
BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The word “ROLE” according to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary is “the function or position that somebody has or is expected to have in an organization, society or in a relationship. This will help in electing meaning to the role of Nigeria mass media in their anti-child trafficking and abuse campaign.
Harold lass well (1945) say; that the mass media performs three function viz; surveillance of the environment, correlation of parts of the society transmission of the social heritage from one generation to another, and Wright (1975) adds, fourth role as “entertainment” Okunna (1999, 274)child trafficking and abuse an emotional and contentious issue that has enormously eroded the societal values.
This in humanity of man to young persons has an age long history. In the last twelve years the crime has greatly increased as children are moss-led by deceit or forced to summit to servitude for economic purposes due to dissemination. This act is perpetrated both internally and externally, Nigeria happens to be one of the destination points for child abuse as the “crime harming a child physically, sexually and emotionally”. Maduewesi (1990) argues that there are no statistical records on how the media have churned out news on this menace. In the recent times, studies have shown that trafficking of children basically for house helps service is a global issue. Also Lutz (2002)  affirms that house help in different places were largely young, single girls of age 14 years and above. Ti is consistent with the findings of Gidoy (2002) who reported a study of the 100 children sampled in EL salvader working in domestic services most of them were between 12 and 17 years of age.

Nevertheless, the media’s role in creating awareness in child abuse and child trafficking by churning out programmes in a dramatized way, extensive reportage on child trafficking and abuse through films, print and broadcast media is a worth while venture. The mass media campaign coverage on information few people directly experience and unraveling happenings that relates to this scourge. 


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