Influence on Children Media HISTORY of MEDIA for CHILDREN

Influence on Children Media HISTORY of MEDIA for CHILDREN -...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Influence on Children Media - History of Media for Children, General  Considerations, Studies of Media Influence, Domains of Influence,  Recommendations According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "Children are  influenced by media–they learn by observing, imitating, and making  behaviors their own" (2001, p.1224). The influence of media on children  has been the subject of increased attention among parents, educators,  and health care professionals. The significance of this issue becomes  obvious when one notes the diversity of Americans who share this  concern. Included in this group of concerned citizens are those, most  notably politicians, who typically stand in opposition to one another on  many issues, but who stand together in agreement on this one. Media influence on children has steadily increased as new and more  sophisticated types of media have been developed and made available to  the American public. Availability, as well as greater affordability for  American families, has provided easier access to media for children.  Beneficial effects include early readiness for learning, educational  enrichment, opportunities to view or participate in discussions of social  issues, exposure to the arts through music and performance, and  entertainment. Harmful effects may result from sensationalization of  violent behavior, exposure to subtle or explicit sexual content, promotion  of unrealistic body images, presentation of poor health habits as  desirable practices, and exposure to persuasive advertising targeting  children. In the following discussion, some attention will be given to the beneficial  effects of media on children, but the primary focus will be on negative  influences, which have been more widely researched. History of Media for Children The twentieth century was a time of phenomenal growth and  development of new kinds of media. In the early twentieth century, film,  radio, and newspapers were the media forms to which children had  access, though limited. Beginning in the early 1940s and continuing  through the end of the century, children's media experiences expanded 
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
to include television, recorded music, videotapes, electronic games,  interactive computer software, and the Internet. Print media, such as  comic books and children's magazines, also expanded during this period,  though not at the same accelerated rate as the visual electronic media. Commercial television made its debut in 1941, initiating a new era of 
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course ENG 122 ENG 122 taught by Professor Jessicaheld during the Fall '10 term at Ashford University.

Page1 / 11

Influence on Children Media HISTORY of MEDIA for CHILDREN -...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online