Kids and the Media
I chose to conduct my research on youth and the many forms of media available to them
in today’s world.
It would seem that there are many advantages to the technology at
hand, but it seems to me that there are many negative effects as well.
I feel that it may
have effects on their social and emotional growth, their relationships with friends and
families, and possibly have longer term effects on their future life patterns and
My questions are directed to the affects it has on youth, and do the
negative effects outweigh the positive.
Erin Andersen, “Cell Phones in School:
Tools or Toys?,”
August 30, 2009,
(accessed March 22, 2010).
This newspaper article portrayed the rules and reality of cell phone
use and texting in several schools in Nebraska.
It cited several statistics that
showed what schools policies were and what the reality of cell phone usage
during school actually was.
It seems as if schools, at least in this particular
district, have resigned themselves to the fact that regardless of rules or policy,
kids will continue to use their cell phones.
The article says that parents are also
part of the issue, since they use cell phones to get messages to their kids during
school hours also.
This was a lifestyle article in a local newspaper, so it was mostly
directed to the local or popular audience.
Their sources were limited to interviews
with school officials, parents and kids in the schools.
I don’t think it was a
particularly persuasive article, so I would consider it a secondary source, and it
was also more of an opinion, rather than authoritative.
I found it interesting, although its credibility wasn’t a big factor in my
choosing to use it.
I know from personal experience that cell phone use in the
schools has become a very commonplace occurrence.
I was surprised to hear
from this article, however, that this particular school district have basically
resigned themselves to the fact that kids will have and use their phones in school,
regardless of rules or policy.
They compare it to passing notes in class, from days
Craig A. Anderson, Nicholas L. Carnagey, and Janie Eubanks, “Exposure to
The Effects of Songs With Violent Lyrics on Aggressive Thoughts and
Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
84, no. 5 (May 2003).