Few movies give out really good lessons
on behaviour, civic sense or morality. However, some movies can influence child’s
behaviour negatively. Read on to learn more about influence of movies on
Most movies that come
out today are larger than life and are stereotyped or copies of each other. There
are of course exceptions. Most parents do not think much before letting their
child watch movies, as everybody needs some form of entertainment. But movies
could be putting the wrong ideas in your child’s head and making him behave in
odd ways. Here is how you can counter this
How to Find Out if Movies are Influencing
Let us have a look at few points which can help you
to find out if movies are really influencing your child.
Wrong Things in Life
Does your child focus
on the wrong things in life? Does he spend too much time in front of the mirror?
Does he ask for too much pocket money? Is he obsessing over some girl in his
class? Does he think smoking, drugs or alcohol
is ‘cool’? Then maybe he is taking movies way too
seriously. A heart-to-heart talk will help you decide if he is actually
influenced by some movie he recently saw.
Children who are heavily influenced by movies tend to
be distracted with studies, peculiar in social situations and emotionally
unstable. If he is into the run-of-the-mill pop culture movies that only tell
the story of a rich boy who gets the popular girl in school, then maybe you
need to bring him back to reality. Children often get captivated by what they see
in the movies and try to emulate the characters. Clothing could
be another indication that the movies are wrongly influencing your child.
Studies show that most children in their pre-teen
years believe what they see in the movies to be true. You need to remind your
child that these are actors who are paid to perform and enact stories filled
with dreams and emotions that the masses wish to see on celluloid.
Aggressiveness in Behaviour
Most aggressive children are
fans of action movies. Action movies are also a big reason for teenagers
driving rashly nowadays. If you catch your teenager driving rashly, you need to
explain to him why this is only a temporary thrill and that it could result in
accidents. Explain to him how movie sequences are just well choreographed and
well-shot, giving it that extra glamour. Though your child will already know
this, it is important that you compare real-life situations to reel ones so
that he understands the difference.
Supervising What Your Child Watches Many parents today have realised that
supervising what your child watches on TV is an effective way of controlling
his influences. If he has a favourite TV
it a few times with him to make sure that the show does not give out the wrong
message. If it does, explain to him why the message is wrong and does not apply
in real life. For example, movies can give a lot of wrong messages about
respecting women, sex, love, work ethics, drugs and alcohol. You can easily
stop these effects by talking to your child.
the movies he watches are appropriate for his age. If they come
with adult ratings, then insist that he may not watch the movie any time soon.
Also, if you feel your son is watching the wrong sort of movies, it may be time
to take matters into your own hands. Tell him what sort of ideas he should take
back from a movie experience.
These are some great tips
to make sure your child is not influenced by the movies. So until the movie
makers get more responsible and give out healthy messages in all their movies,
it is up to you parents to ensure your child remains
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