Influence of Media on Children. Practical advices and solutions.
Remember all those children who jumped off the balcony with a broom thinking that they will fly like Harry Potter and friends? Well this actually happened do not laugh!
If you are not aware, psychologists are struggling to find what makes a child to emit irritating sounds such as PLEAAAAASE which convince us to buy certain toy, game or film. Yet, is this legal? Is it right to make our children want something and then make them want this useless thing from us? I think that marketing industry has gone too far in its maximizing profit campaign. After all, our children and mental health are at stake!
How does consciousness function?
In order to understand how media affects us and our children it is important first to unveil the mystery about the functioning of human mind and consciousness so that to understand how exactly we are programmed to act in a certain way or adopt certain behavior. Our consciousness is the filter trough which we both perceive and affect. The casual relationship goes as follows: reality – perceived reality – consciousness – social values – decisions – institutions – changed reality. So not only we change reality but reality changes us.
Children are most vulnerable to aggressive media products
No one can deny the fact that media has powerful influence over our consciousness. It is one of the mental channels through which big corporation control us. Media determine not only the mode but our attitude towards the world. By changing culture, it gradually transforms our society. The reason why adult brains are less rigid to change is that our nerve system has stopped developing. We have formed our perceptions and even though we change, we do so at very low rate. However, children are the most vulnerable victims, because their nerve system is growing fast and they absorb rapidly the information around us. Moreover, kids are less supervised by their parents and can choose to watch whatever program or channel on TV or internet.
What are the effects of media over our kid?
I can say from my personal experience that the more time a child spend in front of the computer, television or any other electronic device, the more nervous he becomes. Why? I feel that the reason behind this is that computer games and all sort of such devices overcharge child’s psychic. It is by sound and picture that our nerve system is influenced and programmed. So it comes by no surprise that those films containing violence are malicious for the development of our kid. By watching aggressive material, children adapt to these patterns and accept them as normal and usual. It comes by no surprise that they use them as means of non verbal communication after having watched those films for years.
How to solve the problem?
Nowadays, we as parents are overwhelmed with work. We hardly find time for our children. And the most common solution is just to forbid our kid to watch certain program or play certain video game. However, this is a wrong solution. The more we restrict the more we foster his curiosity and desire to do exactly the opposite and taste from the forbidden fruit.
The ultimate solution
Let us face the truth! We cannot forbid or prevent our children from watching horrible films on the net. Then what shall we do? What I suggest is to make an attempt to bring our kid up in a way that we cultivate such moral values in him so that he can distinguish good from bad materials. After all, we think for acceptable some films not because they are acceptable. In fact can you define what is acceptable? Interestingly, we cannot explain why a film is acceptable for watching… we just feel that it is right or wrong to be watched. This is because we have been programmed by the society we live in to think like that! So it is our responsibility to sustain and cultivate the well being and decency of our culture so that we can preserve the mental health of our children. We should not let film and gaming industry command us and destroy the mental health of future generations! Financial well being of certain minority should not be at the cost of cultural change and mental issues of the majority of the young generation!
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