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.
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.
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.