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Are Movies Influencing Your Child's Behaviour?

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 child’s behaviour.

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 y
ou can counter this behaviour.

How to Find Out if Movies are Influencing your Child?

Let us have a look at few points which can help you to find out if movies are really influencing your child.

Focus on 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.

Unstable Behaviour  

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 and teenage 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.

Increased 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 show, watch 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.

Check if
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 unaffected!

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chandni Dhaval.5 years ago
The choice of movie matters a lot for kids. Good movies helps in developing a child's character and making him conscious of his surroundings.
Khyati Sevla.5 years ago
I only watch good and meaningful movies with my kids so that they learn good things.
Kanik Darpan.5 years ago
Movies does influence a kids behaviour as after watching a movie my kid tries to act and dance like the actors in the movie. It is very hilarious.
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