Child announcer on London Underground 倫敦地鐵站裡的兒童安全播報員



Child announcer on London Underground 倫敦地鐵站裡的兒童安全播報員


和 “安全 safety” 有關的詞彙


How are deeper adult voices perceived?


Around a quarter of a million people use Victoria Station in London each weekday. And for the past few months, they’ve been hearing an unusual voice. Meet the station’s newest and youngest safety announcer – nine-year-old Megan. Her proud parents both work at the station.


Megan, safety announcer
Hello, everybody and please listen up. Take care on the escalators. Hold onto the handrail and your luggage.

梅根 安全播報員

Megan’s recorded announcement is designed to tackle a serious problem. Around 10 people a day get injured on the underground network.


Mark Evers, Chief Customer Officer
What we have noticed is that when people do injure themselves, it’s typically because they’re not taking enough care when using stairs and escalators.

馬克·埃佛斯 首席客戶服務官

At Victoria alone on average, 15 people a month are injured this way. For some passengers at least, Megan’s message seems to be getting through.


Passenger, London Underground
I think everyone takes notice when a child says something. And because they don’t… they always mean it!

乘客 倫敦地鐵

So what does someone who studies the psychology of the human voice make of this?


Dr Valentina Cartei, Voice Lab, University of Sussex
Research shows that deeper adult voices are perceived by humans as having more authority than higher voices. So a child’s voice wouldn’t have that authority. But perhaps it’s the shock factor of using a child’s voice.

瓦倫蒂納·卡爾泰博士 聲音實驗室 英國薩塞克斯大學

It may be just a short-term result from this shock factor. But the station says injuries have dropped by nearly two thirds since Megan’s announcements started. 

也許這只是 “震驚因素” 的短期效果。但車站工作人員說,自播放梅根錄製的廣播通知以來,受傷事件已比原本減少了近三分之二。


safety 安全

take care 當心、小心

handrail 扶手

injuried 受傷

takes notice 注意、在意


The world’s first underground railway was opened between Paddington and Farringdon Street in London in 1863 by the Metropolitan Railway.



According to Dr Cartei, research shows that deeper adult voices are perceived by humans as having more authority than higher voices.