The media has played a large part in creating the social norms in which
many think of. This is because the different
types of media out there, including advertisements and television, which are,
present everywhere to view. The media has this enormous influence on people
of all ages. This can range from trying
to sell a certain item that children and teens would want or how to act or look
like a certain person. There is no doubt
that the media has a huge impact on the attitudes and viewpoints of children
Children and teens now live in a world that is covered
with media influences. In the Australian
Nursing Journal article it states, “Media sites provide young people with
opportunities to stay connected with friends, family and the world, and develop
technical, creative and social skills” (2012, Australian Nursing
Journal). Before the influence
of the media there was a time when it was not really something that had a huge
impact on children and teens. But as
time has change, the influence of the media has made it a service to children
and teems. This means that children and
teens are engrossed with what the media has to offer by things such as reality
TV or to using social media on electronic devices.
Children and teens nowadays have access to all types of
media and what effect new methods of media can have on them. With the new types of media out there for
children and teen there is concerns on the influence that it has on them. One of the concerns that the media has on
children and teens is the influence of their behaviors. There are some connections between media content and children
and teens behaviors.
One of those behaviors is the influence of
body image. For body image it can be
influence through many things. This can
include family, peers, fashion industry and through the influence of media and
advertising. According to one article,
“Television has been shown to have the capacity to influence awareness and to
change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors, making it potentially one of the most
powerful educational resources available at the present time” (Sanders &
Montgomery, 2000). If
teens and children see things on the media such as unrealistic thin or muscly
body types enough times it can have an impact behavior because they are
thinking that they have to look like the people they see on the media.
Something else that the media has an influence on with
children and teens is the violent content that the media produces. By seeing the violence on the media, children
and teens will likely behave in the way that might be considered aggressive or
even violent. While the influence that
the media has on them, they can even not have the empathy of others or have the
feeling of being afraid all the time.
According to Strasburger, “Research on media violence and its relationship to
real-life aggression is substantial and convincing. Young persons learn their
attitudes about violence at a very young age and, once learned, those attitudes
are difficult to modify” (Strasburder, 2009).
This kind of media influence does not always show
what would happen if children and teens actually behaved violently in real
life. This can mean that children and
teens will not get an accurate understanding of what happens when they act out
the violent in real life situations.
But then again there is the other side of the
influence that the media has on children and teens, that side would be the
positive influence it has on them. The
media is one of the many reasons why it is now easier for children and teens to
communicate. One of the most effective tools
for communication for children and teens is through the Internet. According to an article by Muto, “Compared with books and other
traditional media, the internet also has an interactive element. Perhaps more
so than older generations, children often use the Internet as a communication
tool” (Muto, 2004 pg.39). With the help of many social media technology children
and teens are able to communicate with friends and family. Also the media helps children and teens stay
up to date on things that are happening around them. The media in a way helps keep them informed
and them gain knowledge on certain things too.
Additionally, the media is a good way to promote
positive messages to teens and children. Since teens and children are so engrossed
in the media world, it is wise for the media to use that as a way to promote
information and learning about things that teenagers and children are
into. For example if
the media takes things that are not as interesting and puts a different spin on
it and expose them to it then children and teens will take an interest. An example would be the news, the more
children and teen are shown news information the more likely they will be
can help educate children and teens and encourage them to become more involved
in things their communities.
Some thing else that the youth can get from the
media is important health messages. For
example, they are able to get information that would prevent with mental health
information, encouraging healthy eating habits, and promoting positive relationships
Something else that the media can show is how
people in the media can role model for children and teens. There are lots of
examples of celebrities whose values and behavior provide a positive influence
for them. The hard work and success of those in the media can be inspirational
for children and teens.
Children and teens are at a stage in their life
where the media has an effect on the society and their life experience. Children and teens are trying to apply what
the media put out into their everyday lives.
They like to watch what the media puts out such as love, fashion, violence,
food, and news from the world and many other things. The media can is a source knowledge but at
the same time children and teens should understand the influence it has on them. The influence the media has on children and
teens can give both a positive and negative effect in their lives.
The media influence on children and teens can help build up their
knowledge about certain topics and have an important influence on their outlook
towards the topics. Every day there are things that the media puts out there
for children and teens to see. We cannot
deny that the media has a great influence in shaping the way children and teens
think. It is understandable that the media plays an important part in children
and teen’s attitude about life and things surrounding it.
Children and teens should not take the media influence as a source of control.
It is up to children and teens and their ability to comprehend what the media
is putting out there. It is also depend on their thinking as well. If a person is a positive type person they will
receive the information that is put out in a positive way. Something else is that the media must take
initiative to put out something that is accurate and true rather then what the
media wants them to think. Every day children
and teens are surrounded by different type of opinion and they should be able
to come up with their own opinion with what they think is best for them when
they see something from the media.