Kids and Media-Rough draft

Kids and Media-Rough draft - Negus 1 LOL Idk ROFL and POS...

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LOL, Idk, ROFL and POS, has seemed to become the new language of youth today. This is not a spoken language, but a new kind of shorthand (does anyone even remember shorthand?) language that is used in the form of text messages over cell phones and computers. How much of this ‘new’ language and forms of communication could actually be interfering with kid’s ability in learning to communicate effectively and interact socially with the people, especially adults, around them? There are kids who can text at the speed of light, and have complete conversations over text message, chat rooms, instant messaging, Facebook, and MySpace. However, when placed in a situation where they have to have similar conversations and communicate face to face (FTF), many often struggle with knowing how to effectively carry on a conversation or express their thoughts and feelings in real time. How many kids have ever asked someone out on a date, quit a job, or had an argument with their parents via text message? I have experienced all of these personally, and perhaps I’m just a bit old fashioned, but in my opinion, proper manners, etiquette and consideration require that some things should be done in person. Today’s wave of media devices that are available to all of us, especially the youth, has greatly enhanced many experiences, but one of the questions I have is how has it impeded other experiences. There have been many studies done over the past several years about violence on TV and the short and long term effects it is having on kids. There are now studies being conducted to compare correlation between the social and Negus 1
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emotional effects that all the available media and ways to communicate are having, as well. All these thoughts and questions have become of great interest to me. As a parent of four teenagers, I am amazed and often perplexed by the amount of media that my kids are immersed in every day. I have had to consider the advantages and disadvantages and consider the implications it is having on my children in their social context. This led my research to try and find answers to some of the following questions. Are the issues that kids are presented with today the same as in the past, but with a technological twist? What are the implications in the classroom and their learning environment? How is the available technology affecting the emotional and social growth of youth today? Adolescence is a time for kids to grow up, and through interaction with their peers, learn to separate themselves from their parents. As stated in the “Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media,” adolescents “…cautiously emancipate themselves from their parents. Emancipation is necessary because in a rapidly changing world, the experience of the child will necessarily be different from that of his or her parents.” 1 The above statement about the experience of the child being different than that of their parents shows itself daily in the lives of youth. For example, the classroom is
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