As the public worry about violence among the youth, majority of the policy makers are experiencing a lot of pressure to look for solutions and hence take action accordingly. The concern about violence has resulted into increased media attack as it is usually considered to be the main source of violence in several nations. The media industry has therefore found itself trapped between a rock and a hard place, especially due to the complex nature of the violence problems.
Several institutes of mental health have actually recognized that media and more so, the electronic ones are very powerful in influencing the behaviors of children, especially in their developmental stages. However, all these allegations are quite unfounded and it is in fact, wrong to blame the media alone as the single contributor to the epidemic of violence across the world.
Even if children watches television programs all day long, but as long as they have received good parenting and been taught good morals and values, then they cannot turn violent as that alone is more than enough to ensure that they are less or not violent at all (Helium, Inc. , Para 2). Proper parenting and instilling values and morals can reduce violence among children In children, the family is the single most important unit in their early lives. It is this unit which is responsible for shaping their future.
This therefore means that a strong family structure in which children are instilled with morals and values will be a very important tool in making a child’s life upright. On the other hand, poor parenting where children do not have the opportunity of learning morals and other virtues will be a great contributor in their future lives, and will act as a catalyst of their violent behavior. According to several studies, poor parenting has been identified as a major cause of violent behavior among children. It is therefore, unfair for anyone to blame the media as the sole contributor of violence among children in their developmental stages.
The blame actually lies on the parents who have of late neglected their role of providing children with good parenting so as to shape their lives quite early in life (Chasnoff, & Wheeler, Para 3). As far as the children are concerned, the media is just a source of entertainment for them. The main role models of children are their parents; children will in most cases behave according to the way they see their parents acting. Therefore, if a child is brought up by parents who are always quarreling in his or her presence, then there are very high chances that such a child will be violent to his or her age mates.
This is because most children have very high propensity of copying the acts of their parents. In very few instances will children have television stars or other media stars as their role models who will have a significant impact in their future lives. Hence, even if a child watches some violent scenes from the media, in very rare cases will the child act in a similar manner especially in the long run. The media should not therefore be blamed on the escalating cases of increased violence.
The parents are the ones who are supposed to take the blame since this is their responsibility and should not point at others for their own failures (Helium, Inc. , Para 4). In most programmes that are usually broadcasted in the media, there is a clause that warns the viewer, it states the age limit and advices those below a certain age not to watch such a program. The parents should make use of such clauses and restrict their children from watching some programs which they feel that they might have a negative impact on their children either currently or later in life.
Parents have completely failed in this and have in fact left the shaping of their children to third parties and the media while they are busy in other activities. Very few parents nowadays are concerned with the issue of teaching their children the need of behaving morally and holding in high regard good values. They have completely neglected this responsibility and left the children on their own to choose what they feel is right or wrong. The parents should therefore not blame the media for airing certain programs since they have the right of deciding what their children will watch (Helium, Inc.
, Para 5). There are several children especially in the developing countries that do not have the opportunity of watching programs from the media every now and then, yet they are violent. This clearly shows that there is another factor other than the media that is responsible for making children violent. Violence among such children cannot be blamed to be from the media since this tool is not part of their lives. The increased levels of violence among such children can only be blamed on poor parenting.
This has denied the children a great opportunity of learning values and morals which are very important in their lives (Chasnoff, & Wheeler, Para 4). According to various studies, it has been reveled that violent behavior among children is less for the ones who have been lucky enough to grow in peaceful families, environment and communities. This is because such an environment enables children to develop certain characteristics which deter the children from acting in a violent manner.
Such characteristics include; a great sense of belief and purpose in a future that is positive, a strong belief that learning and education are very important in their lives, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills, ability to look for the necessary support in the time of need, ability finding good solutions to various problems and also a very great sense of caring and empathy for other people. These are very important elements in deterring a child from acting violently. However, they are usually not found within the children who have been brought up in families, societies and environments that are not peaceful.
Therefore, when children who are brought up in violent environments turn violent, it is very unfair to blame the media as the source of their violent behavior because it is already very clear that they got the behavior from their backgrounds and not from the media (Helium, Inc. , Para 7). In many cases nowadays, most parents opt to solve their problems violently without employing dialogue. Their children in turn are copying the new trend and are in fact applying it much better than their parents. This has had a great impact in the recent past increasing the level of violent incidences among children.
The media is thus sharing a blame that it should not since it has not contributed to violence among children to a great extent. The people who have actually led to the dramatic increase of violent incidences are parents and not the media (Chasnoff, & Wheeler, Para 6). Media causes violence among children especially in their developmental stages It can however also be argued that television viewing children have lost valuable chances of being taught various ways of addressing their psychological realities in their daily lives. Violence in the media has actually resulted in increased cases of violence.
In media today, violence shown excites and titillates without the establishment of any meaningful context. In addition, through recurrent images of violence and sexual activities, children have been adapted to equating sexual activities with violence. The media therefore must come up with a clear plan of reducing airing of certain programs that are likely to affect the viewers, especially the young people negatively. There are studies which have actually shown that there is very high correlation between the violent incidences by children and the violent programs that are aired through the media (SlideShare Inc. Para 3).
Viewing violence programs from the media have a very great impact to viewers of all sexes, ages, socio economic status, temperaments and intelligence, and thus children too are not spared in the negative effects of violence shown in the media. In fact, it is more serious on them due to their tender age since they are in their learning process. It is what is fed into the minds of children that they will output, hence if they watch too much violence from the media, then they have no alternative but to reciprocate the same (Austin, Para 6).
For some children, violence watched from the media and especially television, can easily make them to talk of fantasy life, others will reinforce and mirror the violence in their lives. More so, most researches that have been conducted on this particular topic have revealed that more exposure to violent programs promotes aggressive behavior to both adults and children, but the effects are more severe on children since they cannot reason as much as the adults and also due to the fact that they are the ones who spend more time watching such programs (SlideShare Inc.
Para 5). Media acts as a very powerful tool in the lives of millions of children. As a result of being exposed to it for long periods of time each day, the children usually have the tendency of acting according to what they have watched. This therefore, means that since a lot of violence is aired on a daily basis by the media, then the children do not have any alternative but to watch the programs full of violence and later go on to practice the same when they get the opportunity.
The media is therefore fully to blame for the increased incidences of violence among the children especially those in their developmental stages (Chasnoff, & Wheeler, Para 7). Conclusion It is completely unfair by all standards to blame the escalation of the violence epidemic on the media alone, since violence is very complicated and it can originate from several sources. The parents are in fact, the people who should take the greatest share of this blame, since as it has been discussed earlier; they are the ones who have neglected their role of ensuring that their children are well instilled with morals and other important virtues.
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