Media Influence on American Youth
The United States of America has endured many massacres throughout the countries existents leaving scars in Americans hearts that will never cease to exist. One of these scars was left on Americans during a massacre in Littleton, Colorado leaving fifteen people dead including two shooters and twenty one injured. Many Americans wonder who and why anyone would do such massacres, especially on their own country. Although social media, video games, and television can be used for education and positive influence; it is often blamed for such acts of violence including the shooting at Columbine. The issue concerning social media in American and its effect on their youth are likely to be debated, but there is more than enough evidence to determine that media in American should be monitored and controlled with tighter security to ensure the safety of America’s future as a nation.
Ranging from using television as a educational resource to the development of motor skills with video games, many experts believe that social media is an effective way of mentoring the up-bringing of a child. Television, which in today’s time televises educational shows for children of all ages, can be a beneficial factor towards beginning a child’s education. James P. Steyer and Chelsea Clinton, the authors of “The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children” write “I set out to build a new kids' educational media company -- JP Kids -- that would create high-quality content for kids on TV, the Internet, publishing, and related platforms” (pg. 5). The educational media company JP Kids is one of the few educational media companies still existent today and provides education for thousands of viewers daily. Other media outlets though, such as video games can also be used towards educational uses. Many low level schools are using video game systems and education specific games to teach students outside of the classroom while also allowing them to have fun. The purposes of how media can be used to positively affect children are limitless. Experts who believe in the positive use of media argue that there is no connection between violence, or education and media but it is the parents or guardians who control the outcome of media outlets affecting their children.
Arguments concerning social media’s affect on children often being with television. Experts on the other side of the argument claim that television leaves a negative effect on children that leads to obesity and violent behaviors. Manfred Spitzer writes “After 6 months, children in the intervention school had a lower BMI and behaved less violently during break times…” (pg. 1388). Not only are the effects written by Spitzer possible but experts also argue that children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others. Children may be more fearful of the world around them and they may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful...