There is no doubt that media plays a major role in influencing the minds of children and adolescents. There are times when its impact on children is as great as their parents and community. It is because of the fact children spend most of their time in front of television than with their parents. We can’t deny that television is part of or everyday life as well as radio and print media. Now that our society is embracing the latest technology, internet and different computer games are now dominating teenage culture.
For children, television plays a big ole in their physical development. Different movements that they see in their surroundings have a big influence in their motor skills. Good examples are the different physical movements that they see in television shows. On the other hand, television as well as health magazines can influence the adolescents to get into sports. Children and adolescents also imitate what they see from television. Physical activities such as exercises that they imitate from television program also help in their personal development.
On the other hand, physical activities in television programs as well as sports magazine and computer games can influence the children in a negative way. The culture of wrestle mania and UFC can give the children and adolescents the wrong values of dominating the weak. Meanwhile, different forms of media influence the cognitive development as much as physical development. The quality of children’s cognitive development depends on the kind of television program that they see.
It depends on the information that they receive and the colors and shapes that they see. Children programs are also very effective in teaching basic knowledge. On the other hand, the most important thing that we should consider is the influence of media in their social-emotional development. Celebrities such as actors and singers are more influential than their parents and teachers because of their popularity. Actors and singers can create a sub-culture and set the latest trends.