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Influence of Media on Children

Sociology project
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Elliott Adamson

on 11 December 2012

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INFLUENCE OF MEDIA ON CHILDREN Multiple television sets in a household are the norm today. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=kid+getting+bad+grade&hl=en&tbo=d&rls=com.microsoft:en-US&rlz=1I7DKUS_enUS306&biw=1536&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbnid=jsLMcy6xZzcKNM:&imgrefurl=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-bowdon/classroom-grading-is-an-a_b_861504.html&docid=rddpHnesZKTWwM&imgurl=http://www.bowdonmedia.com/doc/BadGradeClipArt.jpg&w=1567&h=917&ei=NMzEUJqrJvDlyAG6nICQBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=583&vpy=104&dur=125&hovh=172&hovw=294&tx=139&ty=98&sig=113951572202014865228&page=1&tbnh=125&tbnw=214&start=0&ndsp=32&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:0,i:92 http://www.google.com/imgres?q=cartoon+violence&hl=en&tbo=d&rlz=1R2DKUS_enUS334&biw=1536&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbnid=5hBUNqlDwhjYfM:&imgrefurl=http://atomicgator.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/hey-cartoons-enough-with-the-counting-and-on-and-on-with-the-fucking-colors/&docid=JwNKrbUh6OgxZM&imgurl=http://atomicgator.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/violence-cartoon2.jpg&w=800&h=600&ei=ytPEUIzCGsHmyQHElICoAQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=937&vpy=124&dur=78&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=160&ty=93&sig=113951572202014865228&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=187&start=0&ndsp=33&ved=1t:429,r:5,s:0,i:98 http://dawn.com/2012/07/24/late-night-tvcomputer-sessions-linked-to-depression/ There is a problem arising in society today, media has become the focus point and it is having negative effects on our youth. Media can also have a positive effect but the negative seems to outweigh the positive.
Children being bombarded constantly by media, can influence them in their development and in their everyday lives. It teaches how to behave, how to handle problems and how to treat others. It also suggests to them what to buy and what to eat. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=media+is+everywhere&hl=en&tbo=d&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4DKUS_enUS306US307&biw=1536&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbnid=HSorUAEwX-VprM:&imgrefurl=http://abcdorothy.wordpress.com/2011/02/15/the-world-is-under-attack/&docid=ddF0N3pS8sKIdM&imgurl=http://abcdorothy.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/media-consumption-in-thailand1.jpg&w=300&h=350&ei=md_EUJ2QDKP6yQGlvYC4CQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1133&vpy=106&dur=5906&hovh=243&hovw=208&tx=97&ty=117&sig=113951572202014865228&page=1&tbnh=150&tbnw=128&start=0&ndsp=31&ved=1t:429,r:6,s:0,i:101 Having a TV in the bedroom was linked to lower scores in school. 70% of children have a TV in their bedroom.

Children who watched the most TV between the ages of 5 & 11 were less likely to graduate from college.

("Children and TV Violence") Advertising in media is huge, and influences children when it comes to spending money, their own or their parents.

Teens in the United States spend around $160 billion a year.

("Selling to Kids Tips") Relevance to Functionalist Perspective

A functionalist would look at the situation and see that these kids spending so much money on media is a good thing because it helps our economy.

It would also see the other side of it asking whether the media was effecting the kids in a negative way? Relevance to Conflict Perspective

A conflict perspective would suggest commercials make the children believe they need a product.

It would also suggest the media causes conflicts between children and parents.

It might ask “is violence in media causing more violence in society?" Relevance to Interactionist Perspective

An interactionist perspective would suggest poor behavior in media creates poor norms for behavior in society.

It would also suggest violence in media creates violent sanctions.

And it might ask “how would a child who is desensitized by media interact with others?” When children watch media and play games loaded with violence, studies show it can lead to harmful acts and bullying.

The more aggressive behavior children see, the more it becomes an acceptable way to settle conflicts. They may even become less sensitive to those who suffer from real violence.

("Impact of Media Violence Tips")
Advertisers know that the earlier a children learn about a brand, the more likely they will be to buy it later (or beg their parents to buy it).

Wanting more and more material things can cause anxiety, depression, and anger.

(“Selling to Kids Tips”) http://www.google.com/imgres?q=brand+names+clothing&hl=en&tbo=d&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4DKUS_enUS306US307&biw=1536&bih=732&tbm=isch&tbnid=UbruEY9JOiULxM:&imgrefurl=http://www.studio7wausau.com/&docid=vLBCA0KB0apsmM&imgurl=http://www.wausaubusinessdirectory.com/images/wausaubusinessdirectorycom/image/wordle.JPG&w=825&h=389&ei=S1fGUPyEOcbvygGm6oDoBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=403&vpy=464&dur=1235&hovh=154&hovw=327&tx=175&ty=84&sig=113951572202014865228&page=1&tbnh=128&tbnw=272&start=0&ndsp=30&ved=1t:429,r:25,s:0,i:176 http://mytensense.com/2012/08/10-easy-steps-to-teach-a-young-child-about-money/ http://cya-ischool-utoronto.blogspot.com/2009/09/reading-list-inf-2196h-new-media-and.html http://www.simtalk.com/news-2-you/Nickel/Page14.htm solutions http://www.clker.com/clipart-cartoon-thought-bubble.html Conclusion
Aggressive behavior and violence in media has been found to correlate with real-life aggressive behavior and violence.

One fourth of all Music Television (MTV) videos portray overt violence and depict weapon carrying.

Research has shown that even television news can traumatize children or lead to nightmares.

("Children, Adolescents, and Television") Parental Guidance

1) Set limits on the amount of time children can watch TV, play video games or be exposed to any media.

2) Be part of whatever media outlet your child is involved with. This will allow you to explain what they are watching or listening to.

3) Teach children how to solve problems the correct way.

4) Children should be taught how media could influence them so that they are mindful of what is out there.
The media is here to stay. This problem is a fixable one but we, as a society, will need to take the necessary steps to fix it. There can be benefits to media exposure such as television shows that depict manners, sharing and cooperation, but, parents will need to be more involved with monitoring the media their children are exposed to. Children are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television, which influence their perceptions and behaviors. Many younger children cannot discriminate between what they see and what is real.

According to Nielsen Media Research data, a 1999 study found that children spend an average of 6 hours 32 minutes per day with various media combined.

("Children, Adolescents, and Television") Children are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television. Many younger children cannot discriminate between what they see and what is real.

A 1999 Nielsen Media Research study found that children spend an average of 6 hours 32 minutes per day with various media combined.

("Children, Adolescents, and Television") Bibliography

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"Impact of Media Violence Tips." Reviews and Ratings for Family Movies, TV Shows, Websites,
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"Selling to Kids Tips." Reviews and Ratings for Family Movies, TV Shows, Websites, Video
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