Children and the Media

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Like most beings, children grow in body and mind. Since Television was invented there have been worries over how it affects their growing minds. Countless studies have been taken to understand exactly what goes through children’s heads when they view the material some may call “inappropriate.” Their understanding and accepting of TV evolves with their brains, as they get older. When children are infants (around 18 months) they can only pay attention to the television in question for short periods of time. They are usually interested more in activities involving themselves. Understanding that they are watching anything at all is lost at this age. They only see it as random lights and sounds. They rarely recognize shapes and lines that form Continue...


It is not until they are toddlers that they can take meaning and content from the television. There is no proof that violent content on the television can insight violence, except when the content is presented in a simple, step-by-step manner. Speculation says they are scaring themselves to overcome fears. They also start to not imitate aggressive behavior if it is portrayed in an evil, suffrage causing, and consequential sort of way. It is here where their minds will decide to watch television in a deep, concentrated way, or in a dreamy, emissive kind of way. Interests shift to things like: Independence, sex and romance, music videos, horror movies (more), pornographic material, and other content that deal with topics such as these, though usually in destructive ways. They start to become attracted to violence. Television (when scheduled to the child's needs at his age) can help grow them to stable people as they grow up. They start to form attention spans that can see entire plots and see motive and consequences. These facts present interesting points about how the world sees television. I believe that majority of them are continuing the never-ending quest for peer acceptance. It is not at this age they are able to discern motive or consequence.