What the Experts say II.

Angela Barnes and Christine Laird, both researchers of media influence, posted a blog post in 2012, analysing the effects of social media on children. They state in their work that there are many positive aspects of media, including easier communication and sharing of ideas. Children can also use media to learn about subjects which they are maybe too afraid or uncomfortable to ask in person, such as about sexually related business.

However, among these positive effects of media, there are also many negative ones. Media can negatively affect the mental health of children, already from a very early age. According to their findings, children who use Facebook and similar social sites “tend to be more narcissistic, antisocial, and aggressive”. Another problem with social media is the increased risk of cyberbullying, from which children can become very self-conscious. Children who are exposed to advertisements in media also alter their buying habits accordingly, being very vulnerable to harmful goods such as junk food and other goods.

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2 thoughts on “What the Experts say II.

  1. Hi Eliška! According to this article, which I find interesting, do you think that negative effects overweigh the possitive one? In my opinion there are more negative ones 🙂

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  2. Hi! Thank you for your comment 🙂 I think that there are more negative effects the media has on children especially when children’s parents do not, in any way, filter the content their children can access. Due to the rising number of devices with a functioning connection to the Internet, it is harder and harder to control what children are doing or watching online. Although there are educational websites and TV programmes for children, I do not see why they wouldn’t learn all those things in class or with their parents or peers. I don’t think that children should be grant internet connection from the age of five, and instead, they should work on their social skills, building their self-esteem and skill real life.

    And let’s be honest if even us, adults, are consumed with all kinds of media addictions which have a huge effect on our brains, it is, I believe, our responsibility to protect our children from that kind of madness.

    Here is another video which gives a useful insight into this problem if you have 2 minutes to spare 🙂 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HffWFd_6bJ0

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