Media Effects in Todays Society & On Children

Children and the Media

In today’s society, the many ways that the media impacts upon children is frequently discussed. Children’s increased use of media is often the cause of a ‘moral panic’ about the effects on their wellbeing.

A moral panic may be defined as an episode which is often triggered by alarming media stories and it is reinforced by reactive laws and and public policy. It can also be a misdirected public concern, anxiety, fear or anger over a certain threat to social order.  The theorist is Charles Krinsky.

Definition of Moral panic: It is a term used to describe media presentation of something that has happened that the public will react to in a panicky manner.

Out of all media forms, the television remains and is the most influential in the lives of not only children, but adults as well.

A number of studies has shown that TV for children 2 and under has no benefit to them. Media in children’s lives is completely ubiquitous.

Children cannot fully understand time and place, they may experience events that may be quite personal and emotional, and some people wonder if it can harm them.

Always make sure you know what you child is up to because sometimes the media can really impact in good and bad ways on their lives.

They can become scared and distressed when watching scary images over and over again on TV and also other forms of viewing media. It also may be instilled in their memory for quite a long time, and it may come back to haunt them.

Children should know that they are entitled to feel this way and it is quite normal. It may take them a while to understand also and they will ask parents quite a lot of questions.

Two thirds of young children watch an average of 2 hours a day, and for kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend about 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen.

It can affect a childs brain development, as well as their fitness, watching instead of doing homework and reading, playing with friends and spending quality time with family.Image result for media and children

Children who spend their time watching TV or using any form of media are more than likely to be overweight.

Its an issue that needs to be addressed soon, and parents should encourage their children to go and do more outdoor activities then just using media or watching TV for all hours of the day.

Media in fact, has a huge influence on young children and teenagers, and a lot of today’s TV shows and advertisements. We also know, media can be quite sexualised, and it is in all forms of media, including magazines, newspapers and music videos.

Young people see these things in the media, and it also has an influence on the way that they behave. It just doesn’t influence them physically, but mentally also. If they see violence or bad things on TV or in any kind of media, they will think it’s ok for them to do the same, when we definitely know it’s not.

The moral panics can also be quite harmful on a family and inparticular the young child/teenager.

The following is considered as dangerous media, and who it affects and the victims of dangerous media:

Dangerous media- Popular Literature, Film, Comics. Television, Digital Media & Mobile Phones, and the victims are children, youth, the ‘uneducated’, the working class and women.

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Young kids also look up to celebrities, and what they see them wear, makes quite the impression on them, and makes them want to buy clothes and wear the same or similar, even though most of those celebrities are older than them, and I have seen quite a few young kids, who dress up like this, but I think kids should still act like kids, because it only happens once, being a kid, and their time will come when they can wear those types of clothes and it will be suitable for them, but at the moment, they should enjoy their childhood, and that is very important.

References

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/media_influences_teenagers.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSmE1YPhtA8

Kids, Media, Commercialism & Moral Panic

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5 Comments

  1. I find it interesting how you stated that children’s brain development can be affected by television and affect other significant things such as fitness and how homework which is left behind due to TV and other forms of media. Possibly Tv and other media forms is being a first priority in comparison to other things that should have attention as well. The fact that children can possibly come across scary images on other forms of viewing media can make them ‘scared and distressed’ as you stated is a potential issue. I personally believe TV for children should have time management and depending on the age of the child and rating of the show on the form of media, parents should ensure that their child is monitored in what they are watching and doing. Thus preventing them from viewing material that may be harmful and disturbing. However, I believe if overall proper steps are taken to make sure that kids are protected then their shouldn’t be an issue with them having a few hours on television or other media forms.

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  2. You made some excellent points about the detrimental effects of the media and television, and how this impacts on children. However, the argument was lost a little as you continued to say could and maybe in the future, these just make it feel like you’re not sure or aren’t fully convinced yourself. There were a few sentences and thoughts that I felt could have been expanded, they dropped off quickly and went straight to another point which became difficult to follow at one point. You had excellent facts and statistics about how much television has contributed to child obesity, which shocked me. I agree with many of your statements, children are a lot more tech friendly and do watch a lot more television when there are so many more engaging activities, including homework as you pointed out and outdoor activities have lost their appeal as they aren’t as engaging as virtual realities like video games and what not. Overall I was intrigued by the research you provided and would love to read more of your posts to come.

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  3. This particular blog post from my interpretation, has been separated in to two parts. The first half being what you have learnt in BCM110 so far. This section is not necessary and prevents you from having more space to argue your point which you begin to do so in the second part ‘Children and the Media’. You produce interesting arguments such as weight issues in children caused by excessive media usage as well as the need for parents to be aware of what their children are being exposed to. However there is no referencing or hard evidence which can justify your arguments. Perhaps you could use Youtube videos which are visually engaging and will often get your message across effectively. Regarding your argument about parents needing to monitor their child’s exposure to the media, you could use this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoT7qH_uVNo. Generalisations are common in this post including “children cannot fully comprehend time and place…” it is important you avoid these to prevent bias and/or discredit you as a ‘blogger’/writer. Therefore scholarly articles or journals can be very useful. For example you could use http://www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/education/obesity_and_the_media/index.html when justifying the connection between overweight children and the media. Lastly, I noticed a few grammatical errors so make sure you re-read your blog numerous times before posting it. We all make mistakes, it’s just important we pick up on them, especially when we are trying to share our opinions and be taken seriously.

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