It is the responsibility of parents to provide
the right media exposure to kids to get positive impact. Learn the benefits of
media for children and teenagers.
children mimic a character from movie or TV or sing an advertising jingle in a
matter of seconds. This apparently shows the impact of media on children and
teenagers. The easy access to TV, internet and mobile phones help them
experience all kinds of messages, anytime. Media is an important part of our
lives today and they offer entertainment, news, culture, sports and education.
But, there are certain things available here which are not suitable for
children of all age.
Some of the messages sent via media can
be harmful or have negative impact on your child’s mind. It is the responsibility
of parents to help their children understand the messages that they
see or hear from different media in a better
The Power of Messages Via
Sometimes you will see the
impact of some messages created immediately. For example, you can see that your
child starts imitating immediately after he watches superheroes in movies or
television shows. However, it is not the case with every message. Some of them
have the impact but you do not come to know
Children see and hear the message time and
again and this enters deep into their minds sometimes. Some of these messages
Violence used to handle certain situations in films and
Cool and attractive advertisements
of injurious products or junk food shown instead of showing them unhealthy and
Any sexual action without any
education about preventing unintended pregnancy or any sexually
Messages from Media: Good or Bad?
Media messages can have good and bad
effects on the minds and lives of your children. You need to restrict his media
diet of messages just like you limit some food items in his diet because it is
unhealthy. However, deciding whether a TV program, movie or computer game is
good for your child or not is difficult. You can use your own judgment or go
through the age classification and decide whether it is of high quality,
challenging and well made or not. You can get in touch with your child’s
teacher to know about what is good for your child because they deal with
similar children often.
Choose a content that has a good
story and does not involve any kind of violence for entertainment.
Action mixed drama or including
violence in a story with good narrative that how it can be harmful for us can
be educational and insightful also.
You can also choose TV
programs that help your child to explore animals, places, ideas,
people, cultures and issues are also worth watching.
Movies and programs with role
models and related stories can convey good messages.
Computer games that are
interactive can help your child learn things more effectively.
and TV programs can help your child get exposure to ethnic diversity which will
have a healthy impact on his mind.
Use of avatars can help teenagers
create and identify their personalities and try on different psychological
Software and websites that
encourage and help children with different types of creativity can help express
ideas and feelings in a better way.
You should start educating and
motivating your children when they are very young because most of their media
exposure starts from home. Parents can make their children better use of media
if they set media time limits and set a media plan for them. This will help
them choose and use it carefully.
much media exposure do children need? What is the right kind of media exposure?
How can parents help in providing right media exposure? Discuss
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