In a matter of seconds, most children can mimic a movie or TV character, sing an advertising jingle, or give examples of what they have learned from the media. Sadly, these examples may include naming a popular brand of beer, striking a sexy pose, or play fighting. Children only have to put a movie in the VCR, open a magazine, click on a website, or watch TV to experience all kinds of messages. Media offers entertainment, culture, news, sports, and education. Media is an important part of children and teenager’s lives and TV has much to offer. But some of what it offers may not be what parents want their children to learn. Sometimes you can see the impact of media right away, such as when children watch superheroes fighting and then they copy their moves during play.
But most of the time the impact is not so immediate or obvious. It occurs slowly as children see and hear certain messages over and over. Children who witness violence on a daily basis are much more likely to solve conflicts in a violent way. Children and teenagers who identify with the sophisticated cool and the attraction of cigarettes and alcohol don not see them as unhealthy or deadly. How sex has no negative results, such has a disease or a unintended pregnancy. Whatever form they take ads, movies, computer games, music videos, messages can be good or bad for children and teenagers. Just as parents limit certain foods, parents should limit their media diet of certain messages.
Children spend so many hours watching television, playing video games and the like, that media use could qualify as a part-time job. The Kaiser Family Foundations found that the typical American child spends more than 38 hours a week as a “media consumer”. Studies shown that a typical home averages 3 TV’s, 3 tape-players, 3 radios, 2 VCR’s, 2 CD players, a video game player and a computer, as well as newspapers, magazines and comic books. Children are less likely to live in a home with just one TV than a house with four or more.
Censorship of Violence By: Miranda Troyer Why does anyone care if our society is aggressive? Does the kid who decides to fire a gun into his school do so because he watched Natural Born Killers? Is violence in our communities really causing anyone any abnormal amount of heartache? To the victims, and the families and friends of the victims, surely it does. Perhaps there are still some individuals ...
Media heavily promotes cigarettes and alcohol. Messages about tobacco and alcohol are everywhere in media. Kids see character on screen smoking a drinking. They see sign for tobacco and alcohol products and concerts and sporting events. Advertising and movies send kids the message that smoking and drinking make a person sexy or cool. Do you know the hidden message in these advertisements? Kids see these sexy and cool people drinking and smoking and they see it as everyone does it. Advertising also sways teens to smoke and drink. Teenager’s ages 11- 19, 34% of the teenage population in California, try to buy beer at liquor and grocery store. Budweiser is the second highest advertised product on TV, they spend over $146 million dollars to advertise. Teens who see a lot of beer, wine, liquor, and cigarettes admit that it influences them to want to drink and smoke. It is not by chance that the three most advertised cigarette brands are also the most popular one smoked by teens. Advertisers of tobacco and alcohol purposely leave out the negative information about their products. As a result, young people often do not know what the health risks are when they use these products.
Fatty foods don’t make thin bodies. Media heavily promotes unhealthy foods while at the same time telling people they need to lose weight and be thin. Heavy media use can also take time away from physical activity. Studies show that girls of all ages worry about their weight. Many of them are starting to diet at early ages. Images reflected by the media often can amount to a very unhealthy looking glass for young women, according to a new study published by the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. It found teen-age body image to be greatly influenced by what they see on television and in movies and magazines. The number of overweight children in the U.S. has doubled since 1980. In a survey of 10- 15 year-old girls, 81 percent said they were afraid of getting fat, and 70 percent of teen and preteen girls reported that magazine pictures influence their idea of the perfect body.
Does Media Violence Cause Societal Violence? Media violence has been a subject of heated debates. Violence on TV has been widely studied and the vast majority of researchers agree that viewing media violence poses significant risk to society. However, similar to any other issue, there society has divided into two camps, those who claim that media violence is harmful and, therefore, poses a threat ...
Anorexia has many medical complications ranging from mild to severe, actually a study has shown that 5% of American teen suffer from anorexia. About 5- 20% of anorexics die from heart, kidney or organ failure. Dangers of anorexia are cardiac problems. Those dealing with anorexia also deal with bruising, dental decay and discoloring, depression, dizziness, brittle hair and nails, kidney damage because of dehydration, and low body temperature, which results into several body complications.
Bulimia is another type of eating disorder. It is characterized by eating large quantities of food in a short amount of time. Young girls who deal with bulimia often vomit, take laxatives, and exercise excessively to prevent weight gain. Experts say the best weapon against eating disorders is high self-esteem — something-teenage girls desperately need. Young girls evaluate themselves to other girls they see or watch in media. Using body doubles, airbrushing, and computer-graphic techniques creates the thin and perfect-looking person. But young girls don’t see the effects they only see the beauty and perfection in one simple picture.
Violence appears in over half of television shows and movies today. Children learn their attitudes about violence at a very young age and these attitudes ten to last. Although TV violence has been studied the most, researchers are finding that violence in other media impacts children and teen in many of the same harmful ways. From media violence children learn to behave aggressively toward others. They are taught to use violence instead of self-control to take car of problems or conflicts. Violence in the “media world” may make children more accepting of real world violence and less caring toward others. Children, who see a lot of violence from movies, TV shows, or video games may become more fearful and look at the world as a mean and a scary place, who they have to fight and defeat. Although the effects of media on children might not be apparent right away, children are being negatively affected. Sometimes children may not act out violently until their teen or young-adult years.
How often do children hear, see, or talk about violent television? Could it possibly be a factor in how aggressive or desensitized these children become? Surely anyone who has access to the news has seen the recent exponential growth in violence throughout the world. It is interesting to note that this growth and the massive production and display of media violence have occurred simultaneously. ...
Supervision is often minimal or nonexistent. Half of the children surveyed in The Kaiser Family Foundations do not have any parental rules limiting their time in front of the television or the kinds of programs they watch. For children 8 and older, 61% said they watch what they want, when they want. Parents need to set limits and be actively involved with the TV shows, computer games, magazines, and other media that children use. But this is only the first step in helping media play a positive role in their children’s lives.
Media affects everyone. Different types of media affect either men or women. The Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed showed 81% of boy watch more TV daily then girls. It showed that 56% of talk shows are viewed by girls. Overall who is affected more by media?
The power of media messages is a harm to children and teenagers today. Media uses harmful messages such like cigarettes and alcohol are sexy and cool. Fatty foods and thin bodies and how that affects girls of all ages who criticize their appearance and danger their lives. Violence and the danger it creates children’s mind that fighting is the answer instead of self-control. Media needs to be controlled by parents, they need to set restrictions as to what they want their children to watch and how they want their children to grow up and be. It isn’t a question who is more affected by media. It’s whether media has affected you. Do women want to big boobs, a big butt and the size 3 waist? Do men dream to have buff muscles, to have sexy abs, or the perfect measurements? Do teenagers and adults drink alcohol because it makes them look cool? Do adults and teenagers smoke because everyone does it? Think about it. Has media affected you?
As a normal routine the first thing a child does when he / she arrives home is to cut on the television. I have a 4-year-old child, and he does this on an everyday basis. If he acts disobedient, I would tell him that he cannot watch television for that day and he will begin to apologize for his disobedience. Everything that I see on television for my children is a reflection of somebody's vision. ...