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Raising Children: Media and Its Impact on Children

The impact of media on children, Polluting the young minds with violence, How can it pollute children's minds? What should we do to reduce this impending problem?

Media and Its Impact on Children

(1) Polluting the young minds with violence

The increasing violence in the media is a cause for concern, but we cannot blame the media alone and accuse it of polluting the young minds with violence.

Owning to the nature of children, they usually tend to playback the experiences they are going through in this world of any kind, and based on these experiences they form their own beliefs and value systems; This collective belief and value system constitutes "society". This means that everything they see in those early years has a lasting impact on them, because the interaction between the individual and society is very high, which means that children reflect the environment in which they grew up.

Likewise, we tend to pass on our beliefs and values ​​from one generation to another, and therefore future generations are nothing but a reflection of what we are today, but a little bit advanced than us. So whatever violence we see among children, it is only an advanced version of what we were yesterday!

(2) How can it pollute children's minds?

Does this mean that the media does not affect? Absolutely not! The media also plays its role in this regard! It also reflects and provides a general picture of what is happening around us, and helps us understand the unknown and so on. So how can it pollute children's minds? Well it just shows you what happened around the world and the interpretation is left to us. So based on the individual value system, the child can empathize, ignore or react to any atrocious act as described by the media.

Moreover, children lookup at the elders as role models; starting from the kind of food they eat to the habits they reflect in society. This means that the child tends to eat whatever you eat, watch what you watch and so on. Thus, the choice of children normally tends to be based on the people they come in touch with in society. Let's take ourselves as an example: We still have a number of habits and behaviors that we cannot explain, such as playing with key chains, watching TV while lying on the sofa, etc. Where did all these behaviors come to us? These behaviors were those of the elders around us, and we subconsciously modeled these behaviors, and we still display them!

There is no good or bad act by itself. Rather, it is perceptions that make it so. Let's take a recent example to illustrate this: We have seen through the media a couple of hostages were beheaded in Iraq, and we find ourselves sympathetic as a society towards the people who were killed and feeling bad for them, but the kidnappers did not believe this, but thought they were destined to do so and believed that what they did it was right. Why is this difference? This is because these people brought up in a poverty-stricken condition and grew up in a war-stricken zone. These happenings have left their lasting effects on the kidnappers, which have changed their value system and beliefs, and this has made them do this brutal act.

(3) What should we do to reduce this impending problem?

Change has to happen from within each of us. We must get rid of violence, and seek a harmonious world. Also, we need to take responsibility for our actions and be conscious about what we do, because it can have an everlasting on the society in which we live.

Now the burden of creating a peaceful society and world falls on us, let us join hands to make this world a better place!
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