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Influence of Media on Children

Updated on August 21, 2014

How Does Television and the Media Influence Children?

Have you ever wondered about the influence of media on children?

Television can be a powerful entertainment and education tool for children given the right programming. However, studies have shown that television, and media in general, can also have a very negative influence. Some studies indicate it can shorten attention span, distort body image, work in conjunction with other factors to escalate obesity, create fear, and increase aggressive and anti-social behaviors if exposure is unmonitored and unlimited.

Learn about what the research shows regarding the influence of media on children, the dangers, and how to counteract the potential negative influence here on this page as we cover what parents need to know.

The Influence of Media on Obesity

The influence of media on children extends to health related issues. Although television has the power to educate on nutrition, exercise, and a wide variety of health related issues, it can also be a negative force through images and advertisements which influence viewers to make poor food choices or to overeat.

In addition, excessive television viewing can result in inactivity which further contributes to excessive weight gain and poor fitness levels.

Children are specifically targeted by some advertisements and are even more vulnerable than adults to their influence. Adults must assist children in questioning and thinking critically about the messages they see on TV.

Limiting television viewing time and encouraging physical activity are precautions that parents should consider.

Videos About Obesity and the Media

Learn more about Nutrition and Obesity - Don't let TV ads be your guide

Choosing Television to Promote Health

The influence of media on children, television in particular, is capable of being positive despite many of the negative images as long as good choices and critical thinking are used. Starting young is the best way of avoiding issues. Here are some recommendations for quality viewing.

Media Influence on Women's and Girl's Body Image

The influence of media on children also extends into how we view ourselves and others. Television shows portray women in a certain way. Generally focusing primarily on their attractiveness; or at least Hollywood's version of it.

These images from movies, television, and all kinds of advertisements bombard women; often with the effect of creating an unattainable image in their minds of how they should appear. Anorexia, bulemia, low self-esteem and a host of other problems can result. These images of course, can also affect the expectations that men have regarding how women "should" behave and look.

Talking with young girls about the images they see and giving them better role models can be important. Learn more about this issue below.

Videos about Media Influence on Body Image

Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Body Image

Books and Activities to Build Self Esteem

Media Influences on Behavior and Sexual Roles

The influence of media on children also effects how kids perceive what is and is not acceptable. Smoking is an example. When celebrities and role models are depicted smoking; it appears to be a normal and acceptable behavior. So to with drug use, drinking, cell phone use when driving, physical violence, and so forth.

Parental role modeling, the behavior of peers, and other factors play into this as well, but the effect of media is indeed strong.

Certainly, the media often portrays men as aggressive, women as passive. In addition, women are often portrayed with a focus on their beauty and sexuality. (or perhaps their homemaking skills) These images, often repeated, can influence how both women and men feel women should not only look, but also how they should behave.

What Does Advertising Tell Us About How Normal Women Should Behave?

Avoiding or Counteracting the Influence of Media Related to Sexuality Issues

There are a number of ways parents can exert some control over the influence of media on children. With younger children it isn't too complicated to limit their exposure to television and other types of media. However, it becomes increasingly important for parents to take an active role in how kids evaluate what they see in print, on television, and on the internet.

This article on developing media literacy can be a good starting point.

For those interested in providing a lesson at home or in the classroom to develop some critical thinking about what kids see on television this Gender Equity lesson can be helpful.

This article on Sexual Con Games covers some tips on counteracting Media Messages.

Consumerism: The Ugly Truth about Media?

We are all susceptible to the messages we see in the media, but the influence of media on children is particularly powerful. Many of our basic beliefs are formed in our early years and media can hold sway if not monitored and regulated by parents.

Per Wikipedia, consumerism is the "equating of personal happiness with the purchasing of material possessions and consumption." Nearly all forms of media are filled with both overt and subliminal messages encouraging us to buy.

Academic experts have attributed depression, anxiety, and other emotional maladies with consumerism. It is said by some to be leading us to a social/financial catastrophy, and certainly even religious leaders have seriously challenged the value of our consumer based culture.

Reports have indicated that many families in the US have their TV on an average of 6 ¾ hours per day potentially giving their TV a stronger foothold in a child's education than their school teacher. According to The Sourcebook for Teaching Science, the average child in fact, views 1500 hours of television per year compared to spending only 900 hours per year in school.

With so much time to educate and entertain, it becomes clear that television is indeed a powerful force in how we perceive things; both for adults and for children. Certainly for advertisers, children are a desirable target as they are even less likely to be consciously aware that those who promote products are attempting to shape they way they think and behave.

Learn more about the Media and Consumerism - Also find resources to combat medias influence

More about Consumerism

What Parents Can Do to Battle the Influence of Media Advertising?

With media advertising often targeting children specifically, it is important for parents to learn what they can about the techniques used by ad companies. The resources below will help.

Parents can then engage their kids in looking critically at the marketing that is thrown at them in an effort to thwart the influence of media on children. Several of the links below will discuss the types of questions parents can use when talking to their children about these topics.

Introduction Photo Credit: redjar

Influence of Television on Obesity Photo Credit: Alaskan Dude.

Media Influence on Women's and Girl's Body Image Photo Credit: Billy Verdin.

Media Influences on Behavior and Sexual Roles Photo Credit: porcelaingirl.

Avoiding or Countering the Influence of Media Related to Sexuality Issues Photo Credit: orangeacid

Consumerism: The Ugly Truth Photo Credit: Thunder Child the Magnificent.

What Parents Can Do to Battle Advertising in the Media Photo Credit: Shinythings

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      TriviaChamp 9 years ago

      Very interesting topic. Well done!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Yep it's pretty scary, what kids see nowawadays. Thanks for visiting me at Teacher Gift Ideas For Preschoolers!

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Terrific job! You know that I believe in nurturing imagination in children using methods other than TV. Thanks for addressing these additional issues here.

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      Robin S 9 years ago from USA

      You've done a great job with an important topic. 5*

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      Best lens Ive seen in a while! Will you be adding more topics such as the media's promotion of consumerism as the only valid lifestyle?

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      Amanda Blue 9 years ago

      I have a thirteen year old friend who is so addicted to the very violent World of Warcraft computer game that when his mother and I locked the door to her office, where the computer resides, he begged and begged from the bottom of his heart (really!) to be let back in; failing in this attempt he then went on an undercover search for the key,(when we were not around) found it and hid it, then repeatedly lied about that and in every way demonstrated the behaviour of an addict. This was many months ago and it is still a problem. I should add that the debate was not about whether he would be allowed to play the game for an hour a day (already a lot but his mother allowed it) but about whether he would be allowed to play the game for three to four hours a day--like so many of his friends!!!

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      Casey White 9 years ago

      This lens is a blueprint for how a lens should be done. I believe there are some beneficial programs for children on TV, but far too much garbage overall.

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      Forgiven 9 years ago

      Wow, great lens!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      that's why Parental Guidance is important but sometimes it cannot be control and monitored.

      Amazingly helpful lens.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

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      What a great lens! I found you over at Stumpedia! Keep up the great work! 5*'s

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Interesting thinking lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Very important topic and you present it so well. 5*s

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      Kathryn Grace 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent lens. I learned about it on Twitter. Five stars and favorited.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for putting this out there for all to see. If anyone is concerned and wonders 'what has our world come to?', just turn on the TV and see the way it's big companies spend millions to shape society!

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      catch-cheating 9 years ago

      must have info for parents, save our kids

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Well you definitely got a 100% swing on the poll so far... Nice lens.

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      Very informative, and VERY well done. I can only add one more thing, *****!!!!!

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      rebeccahiatt 9 years ago

      Excellent lens, very interesting topic

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      JAV010 9 years ago

      good info :)

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      Recession Proof2 9 years ago

      Hye Mulberry, Nice lens here. I grew up not being allowed to watch television, and I resented my mom for it. It would be an interesting site to see what America, or the world for that matter, would look like if people rationed the amount of TV they watch down to like an hour a day. I know it sounds like "Big Brother" tactics, but the war on television is the war we need to be fighting these days.

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Great lens. 5* and a lensroll to Bratz Dolls are Slutty and a Poor Example for Little Girls.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      Boy you are right on! I have noticed that every girl wants to be a model or a singer but both of these women are on TV being terrible example for young girls these act no different then strippers!!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens! We were watching a family TV show the other night with the girls when a male enhancement commercial came on and my oldest daughter started repeating the word "big" along with the advertisement that was emphasizing the word in reference to.....well, male enhancement. I was horrified by the thought of her not realizing what she was repeating in her innocence. (I suppose I would have been more horrified if she had realized what they were talking about.)Anyway, 5*'s for a very important topic.

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      TessaGreen LM 9 years ago

      Mulberry, you've got a wonderfully comprehensive lens, here. You've put such a lot of work into it. Thank you. I've enjoyed reading ... and you've sparked off so many thoughts. My 2 cents: Of course we (parents, carers, guardians, relatives, etc ...) of young kids MUST be mindful of what the kids in our care are being exposed to. With my first kid, I was totally unaware of the programmes that other parents said their kids enjoyed. We were always doing and out and about. Until I fell pregnant with number 2. For a lot of that pregnancy I was DEEPly grateful for TV which my son watched way too much of. Because of lots of difficulties afterwards, my 2nd son ended up watching lots more TV than the first. Of course they are individuals but I am amazed that for number 2, TV has been a remarkable educational resource (dedicated childrens' channels only). But he's a lot more materialistic (adverts)!

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      mjrinella 9 years ago

      Well done! Somebody needed to do a lens on this, and you did a great job on it. 5*

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      asksupermom 9 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for the helpful info. Parents today have a lot of challenges when it comes to protecting our kids from negative influences. I made a lens that specifically addresses how to protect them from bad influences in movies, stop by if you get a chance - Parents Movie Ratings

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Very important lens as it shows how the environment affects your self perception and self esteem.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      great lens, thanks for featuring this important topic.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      great lens, thanks for featuring this important topic.

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      Louise0711 9 years ago

      Really interesting lens, especially the part about how kids watch so much TV that it can be more of an influence than their schoolteacher. That's quite a scary thought.

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      This is such a big issue. It's unfortunate the vast majority choose to ignore the affects.

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      carrieokier 9 years ago

      Excellent job on your lens, and such an important topic.

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      Webcodes LM 9 years ago

      It's pretty sad how we are easily manipulated by television...gotta make my kids watch a little less tv. 5*, hope you visit my lenses!

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Is there a way we could make this lens required reading for new moms when they give birth? lol Excellent lens! Children should be playing outside, doing active, wonderful things with their imaginations! TV has a place for sure, but not the top priority. Guided TV watching is great for "settle down" time. But limited and carefully guided!

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      GrowWear 9 years ago

      Excellent resource here. The media are going to do whatever it takes to sell whatever they sell. The media are going to do whatever it takes to buy your child's mind. It is truly up to the parents to take and keep control. My heart aches for the little girls and little boys who, through the media, have come to believe that they are not good enough. By the time they believe this about themselves, it's practically impossible to make them believe that it's OK to be who they are.

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      CounselMom 9 years ago

      Great information here! We don't have a television in our home. Perhaps more families need to consider removing the TVs from their homes to help protect their kids.

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      SerenityPrayerG 9 years ago

      Wonderful topic, nice presentation of info! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Hi Mulberry,

      great lens, very interesting topic. I recently went to a workshop in the UK called 'Toxic Children' which was along the same lines as this lens. It's frightening when you think about it :( 5*

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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Thank you for joining the Emotional Wellbeing Group :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      It was easy monitoring television usage when they were little...it seems to be harder now that they are teens although I am pleased that the choice of channel is often Discovery and shows like How it is Made, Mythbusters, etc.

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      RichLeighHD 8 years ago

      A very interesting topic well covered. Great lens, and I truly did thoroughly enjoy the read.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thanks for dropping in on me now and then and leaving very positive feedback. This is a wonderful lense and I am pleased to give you 5 stars, favorite and lensroll.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      This is a very important topic.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 8 years ago

      But, what do you do to "undo" the damage of an ex that has visitations and corrupts the kids minds out of spite???

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      I have been here before, how come I didn't add link to your poll before? Hmmm.... gotta be more careful! I also added all of my crafty lenses about reusing common household items! And I'm gonna lensroll your lens to all of them! :)

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      As a child, we didn't watch much unsupervised television and anyway back in the 'stone age' when I was growing up -- television was G-rated. Children need to be involved in extracurricular activities and doing their homework; less TV.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      As a child, we didn't watch much unsupervised television and anyway back in the 'stone age' when I was growing up -- television was G-rated. Children need to be involved in extracurricular activities and doing their homework; less TV.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Good lens. I cringe every time I see a parent using the TV as a babysitter for their kids. Ads are only part of the problem. Most television itself is inane. Give the kid a book. :)

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      VBright 8 years ago

      What is shown on television is getting worse, and children soak it up from an early age. I hate that my Grandchildren are allowed to watch Videos on MTV, and they are babies!

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      Nancy Oram 8 years ago

      Wow, a lot of ideas that have been festering and frustrating me for a long time were covered thoroughly and beautifully here. Sometimes with all the junk on TV we think we must be the only ones thinking it's so wrong and out of control. Thanks for a great lens on this subject!

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed your lens. Nice going. GOOD STUFF!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      how media effects the unconscious mind for children and their character on the future?

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      real_estate_hawaii 8 years ago

      Media greatly influenced the minds of people especially children. And should always see to it that they should guide their children. Great post, 5 stars for that! :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm so happy to have you featured in my Parenting Group Parenting on Squidoo. Please check back often to add any of your new lenses to the group. I'm always looking for new feature topics, so make a suggestion and I will do my best to make it happen! And remember, you are making a difference!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      woow, this is sum pretty great stuff, nawhhht!!!!!!!!

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      OldGrampa 8 years ago

      This is a great topic. I think current television programming (or actually the exposure of it to our children) is doing a lot of damage. 5 *

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      Glenna Jones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Most young children love hands on projects. Our 18 month old loves to help cook (with lots of supervision of course.) He will be a green smoothie expert by the time he's 2.

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      Ezmerelda LM 8 years ago

      I think this lens addresses a really important topic! Parents need to be present in their children's lives and not blame the media for all their problems. Family is the front line against obesity and self esteem issues. Great topic for debate!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.

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      BethErickson 8 years ago

      Great topic you got here! I totally agree of the negative effect of television & media to children. Therefore, they must be given parental guidance. 5***** for you!

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      Jenysie 8 years ago

      Wonderful page! Filled with lots of helpful information! I wish more parents would monitor what their children watch, and even take it to the next level and watch what the media is allowed to show!

      Definitely 5* lens plus favorite(d)!!

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      Mark-Nehs 8 years ago

      Thank you. Great info and well presented. It all starts at home.

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      JosephWilliam 8 years ago

      Very good point about relationship between TV and obesity. Lack of exercise and poor diet contribute not only to excess weight but also hyperactivity as well. Video games and television bombard kids with inappropriate role models. This is no different than having our kids associate with bad behaving peers. It's important for us as adults to guide our children along a path of positive expression where they have a balanced view of life and what is possible. We need to be the type of person we want our children to be, and exhibit the traits that we want our children to have. Kids are crying out for guidance and structure, and overall they are not getting it. Thanks for a great lens! Joseph

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      What a topic! I'm amazed at what I see on daytime television these days. I'll be watching a perfectly harmless show, and then I'll have to switch channels just because of the commercial! Are you kidding me?

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      I found it necessary to discuss the advertising messages in the commercials as kids believe everything they hear without skepticism. We cannot completely shield them from getting advertised to, so it's important that they learn how to deal with it.

      You've certainly put together a very useful resource on this important topic. Angel Blessings and 5*s!

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      Number1Athlete 8 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you more. Television can be extremely misleading.

      Anyway, have a happy holidays and here's 5 stars for the awesome lens :)

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      amandascloset0 8 years ago

      Excellent lens! Excellent topic! Five stars and favorited.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. It does make me wonder where parent's are these days. I grew up with TV, yet never had body issues or the like. Perhaps this was do to having parent's and grandparent's and aunt's that set the limits. It was more common for us as a family to play a board game or to be outside then it was for us to be sitting in front of the TV. We never ate dinner in front of the TV either. Hopefully, we can start to turn things around. TV is a tool which used for good is quite educational and fun.

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Excellent lens. Age old topic (since I was a wee one) that gets more complex as media expands and e-media becomes pervasive. Let kids be kids and parents be in charge - just say NO (sorry Nancy). 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I totally agree with this topic.Im 15 and im interested in learning the bad aspects of everything in everyday life.My parents always tell me about the negative effects something can have so I try using media (Internet at the moment :D) in a positive way!I'm sorry if i haven't made myself clear.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very informative lens – 5*. Feel free to visit my new lens Everything About Easter

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      MsMorrison 8 years ago

      Excellent topic. Definitely 5 stars!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Excellent points - it never ceases to amaze me how many people don't care what obnoxious programs their kids are watching, yet complain about the utter lack of respect they are developing towards other people [um, DUH]. If you are not careful to provide your child with a good role model, they will find one themselves (and they seem to have a natural inclination to pick the worst possible ones). 5* for a great lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Some very good info and helpful links here. Welcome to the Children and Parenting Group.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      someone spelled aggressive.. aggressive. ?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      There are such important messages in this lens. Blessed by an Angel.

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      HenryEgg 8 years ago

      What helpful information! The links to make children aware of the strategies consumers and marketers use was especially helpful. Thanks for the information!

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      Amazng lens, you do great work. Us adults are influenced by Media too. Negativity and all that we just don't think so. Thanx

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      Stephen Carr 8 years ago from Corona, CA

      Great lens. There is no doubt and parents who monitor their kids are called mean and old fashioned. I laugh at the people who decry consumerism, but send their tax dollars to pay for sesame street, teletubbies, etc., and have them become multibillion dollar conglomerates showering our kids with stuff to buy. But somehow that's okay because it's PBS. Go figure. Any one of these companies could fund PBS for decades, but they still say they 'need' our tax dollars. Big Bird is laughing all the way to the bank. Kermit the Frog says it's actually easy being green!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Just revisiting lenses in the Children and Parenting Group to say how proud I am of the quality of lenses in the Group and that I am so glad this is one of them.

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      AzR LM 8 years ago

      Some very useful info for parents like myself. Thank you. Five stars!

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      SuzieSmiles 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens with a lot of great resources. I think that Fred Rogers was a great influence on children. For more info about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, please check out my lens: https://hubpages.com/family/MrRogersNeighborhood

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      Cynthia Davis 8 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Very interesting lens on the influence of media on children. Your suggestions will surely be used by many parents of young children. Five stars. Great job!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Just came back to say: Blessed! :)

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      Recession Proof2 8 years ago

      Excellent lens. I know when I turned the TV off in our household we hardly missed it after about 2 days. 5* rating.

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      Damone 8 years ago

      Thanks for letting concerned parents sound off. I hope you can get a national tv show with this forum. However in these days and times if you say something like children should say there prayers more you might be canceled.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A very important topic to get into people's hands so that they can see the facts for themselves. Good on you! :)

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      Superwife 8 years ago

      I love this lens! TV annoys me most of the time ... 5* and roll to my get those kids up off their butts lens! :)

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      sukkran trichy 8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      wonderful lens. very informative and i book marked it

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Lots of good points!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree 100%. Excellent lens. ***** stars and a lensroll to my lens: generationborn2008. I do hope you will stop by.

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      sarita 7 years ago from Hisar

      Wonderful lens here. Thanks for sharing this.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Agreed.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Am posting this twice, because this is an important topic to me. About 50% of what's on TV is total junk and holds no verifiable truths whatsoever. Same with internet and books. My teenager, not a young kid, was kind and loving and honest until she was abducted by the show "Heroes" while simultaneously reading the "Twilight" books. When we will get over killing and blood lust for sport and stop confusing wrong with right for entertainment purposes, who knows. To me, it's just not ok simply because 'everyone's doing it'.

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      Lloyd Pinto 7 years ago from Mumbai

      A wonderful Lens. I do agree that the media has a tremendous influence on Children. Rated and Faved!

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      GREAT lens! I love that it is somewhat controversial because it makes people think. I agree that children should be monitored how much and what TV programs they watch. Take a look at my lens, Green Tips For Kids and see what they should be doing instead ;) Again, wonderful job! 5 Stars!

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      This is a subject that needs to be talked about- I just lensrolled this to my lens that has a similar theme about children http://www.squidoo.com/Keep-Family-Oriented-sites-...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is also featured at Children and Parenting HQ.

      And of course this visit gives me the chance to Bless this excellent lens.

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      alien612 7 years ago

      Influence of Media on children is very important subject. It's great that we can read information about it.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      This is a very good lens. The television and other forms of media carry both benefits and disadvantages to people especially children. That is why, it is important for parents to know the shows that interests their children. It would even be best if the parents could watch along with their kids so that they can guide them further and answer questions raised by their children. 5*

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      Earth_Friend 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Television is getting worse and worse, kids need to start doing more activities instead of planting themselves in front of the television. Take a look at Green Tips For Kids , there are some fun ecofriendly activities for kids.

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      kariano 7 years ago

      Very useful information. Thanks for lens!

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      Demaw 7 years ago

      People are living in a media driven culture, how can children not be swayed when adults are?

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

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      Andy 6 years ago from London, England

      Very interesting. My son is just 7 months old and already fascinated by the TV (not that I let him watch it much yet) so I imagine it will be a very powerful influence as he gets older.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      ^TV is not bad, but should be watch under supervision. My son is not allowed to watch more than 30 min a day (he rarely watch that much anyway) and since we are in France, he watch DVD only because here kids TV is filled with advertising toward them (toys, junk food). When we were in Canada it was not a problem because in Canada it is forbidden to have advertising for kids.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Keeping kids safe is the responsibility of parents. If you let them watch, watch with them. TV is not a babysitter.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      the media plays a powerful role on our kids and we have to protect them against it

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      People should watch TV with their kids and talk about it.

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      steveroper 6 years ago

      I believe that in most households there is just too much TV. We spend too much time watching other people doing stuff and not actually doing anything ourselves. We actually built our

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      A lot of truth portrayed through this lens that we can all learn from. TV and entertainment has almost taken over a lot of our lives to a point that we have become slaves to it. There needs to be a balance and definitely we need to set a good example for our younger generation. Well presented!

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      enigma0430 lm 6 years ago

      I am always looking to help my children navigate the messed up messaging that the media feeds to us. Thank you for providing all this great info!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      @steveroper: We agree completely on that. A pet peeve of mine...we spend our lives watching other people live it!! From sports to reality TV. Too many people are passive about life and expect to be entertained rather than entertaining themselves.

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      Victor-Perea 6 years ago

      Yes.. Media influence children in all possible way.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      It is amazing how today's media can influence our kids so much..but I think with proper supervision you can reap all the benefits today's media can offer them

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      Great lens and so true!

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      halibound lm 6 years ago

      I took a youth culture sociology course a few years back and we discussed so many of these topics! Good information!

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      plushdeco 6 years ago

      It's not a question on how media influences children. It does the same with adults. Most families spend their whole free time in front of TV so basically parents influence kids more than TV itself. If the parents would spend time with their kids, read, hike, play, talk then wouldn't be any problem.

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      plushdeco 6 years ago

      It's not a question on how media influences children. It does the same with adults. Most families spend their whole free time in front of TV so basically parents influence kids more than TV itself. If the parents would spend time with their kids, read, hike, play, talk then wouldn't be any problem.

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      pheonix76 6 years ago from WNY

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      chicagoheather 6 years ago

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      mercatornet 6 years ago

      great lens. Good to see you raising awareness of this important topic.

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      TheOmegaJuggalo 6 years ago

      The article was nicely written, and you presented it well.

      However, I think blaming technology is a parental strategy that lets the parents themselves ignore the fact that they're inadequate of raising an intelligent child.

      People force their kids to go to public school, raise them to believe that working an unhappy life is the way to live, and then blame TV. Classy.

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

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      pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

      Media can be good and also bad for children. That's true. But with proper guidance of the parents or guardian or an adult, there will be no problem with it.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Media is plays a very significant part of our lives but I do agree that anything in excess is a problem. We need to know the things that is going on between us and media does provide it to us but it is up to us viewers when to draw the line. Thank you for tackling up this topic, you've made such a wonderful and informative lens!

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      I think as long as parents keep a positive and interactive relationship with their children, detrimental media can be offset. Parents should not use tv and video games as a babysitter or way to keep their kids occupied so they can get away

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      Parentalrights 6 years ago

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      MedicalBootcamp 6 years ago

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      thebabyshop 6 years ago

      Yes, media is definitely an influence on children! It has been for decades. Before it was TV that had the biggest impact, today, the internet is taking the lead. My daughter is only one, but I when I see her watching commercials when we watch TV I realize how long and how often we're exposed to commercials and media from such a young age!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Do you guys understand the word media propaganda? If that could work so well in making the whole fool then influencing the mind of children is very easy task and have strong influence on their personality and future life. Media is power tool to shape the masses.

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      PrepareToBloom 6 years ago

      Television should not only be monitored with young kids, but it should be monitored and limited for all people. Watching TV is a sedentary "activity" that involves sitting. Please google the negative health effects of sitting to find out how excessive tv time can have deleterious health effects. Also, the content in this lens mentions how excessive tv might lead to Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Please be advised that this isn't JUST limited to girls! Boys are also susceptible to the negative influence of TV on their views of their bodies and their behavior.

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      I like the information you have provided. I spent years in public television and I truly believe that there are educational opportunities on TV, but it's the already educated who put their kids in front of those programs. I also believe in the value of media literacy - not to set kids up to be technologically savvy, but so that they can understand one basic action: turn off the tv/internet/radio if you don't agree with the programming. All stations are ratings driven (because the ratings are used to secure advertising dollars) and if more people turn off "non-nutritional" programming, ratings numbers will be smaller. If ratings are smaller, advertisers won't pay. If advertisers won't pay, the program will get taken off the air. The same goes for the internet; if you don't 'click through' they won't get paid.

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