Channel 4’s Response.

Yesterday I received a reply from Channel 4 after I contacted them regarding the first episode in the series of The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Years Olds (2015). I asked them about the bean bag race and was it planned to allow the boys to win ,although the boys had cheated, to see how the girls reacted. I asked this as later in the programme they had stated certain events were to test the children’s reactions and with the race they had not. The girls reactions to the boys winning were upsetting as they all recognised the boys had cheated and still won; one girl even stated that boys will always win, they have bigger brains and girls have smaller. I addressed my concerns with this and here is the reply:

Dear Beverley,

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries regarding The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds.

We appreciate the time you have taken to write to us with your interest in this programme and we would like to thank you for sharing with us your reasons. The aim of The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds is to observe and contextualise the behaviour and interactions of the participating children at this crucial developmental stage of their lives and all the tasks and activities deployed in the programme were suggested by the psychologists within the team.

Whilst we appreciate your concerns in relation Lola, we would like to assure you that both Channel 4 and the production team who made the series take their duty of care obligations in respect of contributors extremely seriously, particularly when they are children, and indeed detailed and comprehensive protocols are in place to ensure that appropriate care is taken both during the making of the series and post transmission.

We hope this information is of use to you and may we take this opportunity to wish you every success with your research.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.
Kind Regards,

Emily Rogers

Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

I don’t feel that this answered my question as to whether the boys were allowed to win deliberately to test how the girls reacted. The bean bag race itself may have been suggested but I am still unsure as to the results. The

Yesterday I received a reply from Channel 4 after I contacted them regarding the first episode in the series of The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Years Olds (2015). I asked them about the bean bag race and was it planned to allow the boys to win ,although the boys had cheated, to see how the girls reacted. I asked this as later in the programme they had stated certain events were to test the children’s reactions and with the race they had not. The girls reactions to the boys winning were upsetting as they all recognised the boys had cheated and still won; one girl even stated that boys will always win, they have bigger brains and girls have smaller. I addressed my concerns with this and here is the reply:

Dear Beverley,

Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries regarding The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds.

We appreciate the time you have taken to write to us with your interest in this programme and we would like to thank you for sharing with us your reasons. The aim of The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds is to observe and contextualise the behaviour and interactions of the participating children at this crucial developmental stage of their lives and all the tasks and activities deployed in the programme were suggested by the psychologists within the team.

Whilst we appreciate your concerns in relation Lola, we would like to assure you that both Channel 4 and the production team who made the series take their duty of care obligations in respect of contributors extremely seriously, particularly when they are children, and indeed detailed and comprehensive protocols are in place to ensure that appropriate care is taken both during the making of the series and post transmission.

We hope this information is of use to you and may we take this opportunity to wish you every success with your research.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.
Kind Regards,

Emily Rogers

Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

I don’t feel that this answered my question as to whether the boys were allowed to win deliberately to test how the girls reacted. The bean bag race itself may of been suggested but I am still unsure as the the results. The psycholigists described the boys as trying to navigate around the rules rather than breaking them like you could see on the screen. I accept Channel 4’s response as to due care and attention is given while carrying out the research but I feel my point was unfortunately missed.

 

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