Although media can be a great form of entertainment, sharing of information and networking, it can also have a negative impact towards young people on the way that young people think and view the world.
Research has shown that certain types of media can shape people's attitudes, beliefs, and values, and that these affects can be particularly seen in young people. There are different ways in which the media can influence young people's minds, some of which are positive and others that are negative.
On one hand, the media can provide young people with access to a wealth of information and diverse perspectives, which can help them to develop critical thinking skills and form their own opinions. Media platforms can also provide children with access to educational content such as educational videos and interactive games that can help them learn new skills and knowledge. Additionally, media can be a way for children to connect with others, through social media and online gaming, providing a sense of community and belonging. Through media, people are able to share their time and great experiences with their friends and family and communicate even in a long distance relationship.
However, media can also increase stereotypes and misinformation, and can be used to manipulate and influence people's beliefs and behaviour. Additionally, the media can be a source of pressure and unrealistic expectations for young people, particularly in areas such as body image and social status.
In conclusion, the media can have a powerful influence on young people's minds and can shape their perceptions of the world. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor and limit children’s media consumption, to ensure that the content children are exposed to is age-appropriate, accurate and promotes positive values and behaviour. While access to diverse and accurate information can be beneficial, excessive or biased media exposure can be harmful. Therefore, young people need to be aware of the potential effects of media on their thoughts and to engage with a variety of sources in order to form well-rounded opinions.
Written by : Hammad
Edited by : Tamima