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'Don’t blame the movies' experts say amid public speculation over toddler's murder

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /  06:51 pm
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The recent murder of a toddler that was allegedly committed by a teenaged neighbor has sparked public speculation as to whether horror movies had played a part in the teen's behavior, but experts advise caution over the theory. Watching movies or TV shows that feature murder, violence or other forms of abuse would not cause children to commit acts of juvenile delinquency, said Retno Listyarti of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI). She cautioned, however, that they could attempt to imitate scenes showing such acts without parental supervision. “Movies or TV shows should not be solely blamed when children commit juvenile delinquency, because parents can deter them from [such acts] by monitoring their viewing [habits],” Retno told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. She also pointed out that parents should teach t...