My inquiry question is “how does that media affect the way we think?” and I will be exploring the topic of the effects on how the media affect the way children think.
They say that a child’s brain is like a sponge, absorbing all the information they can get. The things you learn in your childhood can subconsciously carry on throughout your adulthood. How much media and what you are consuming affect you, more than you think it does.
Shows such as Sesame Street are considered high quality media that teach valuable life lessons. However, when children are exposed to low media, it can lead to low self-esteem. A study shows that male characters continue to contribute to stereotypes that normalize traditional male gender roles (3). This creates a stigma for young boys around the discussion of their own mental health as it is seen as a sign of “weakness” (1). The effects of this can be seen in the fact that males are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than females (2). This is an example of how the media can have a negative impact on children.
Another way the media can impact a child is when parents do not explicitly teach them on certain topics (5). This leaves a space for the media to influence a child, whether that way be positive or negative. When parents properly supervise their child’s media consumption, the media can become a powerful learning tool. When parents also limit their own media use, this then creates a good role model for their children (4). It is found that children learn much more through face-to-face conversation, even in video calls, prove to help children with their communication than watching videos through the media (4).
It seems that the media may have a lot of negative impacts. However, when parents properly supervise their children’s media intake, the chances of these negative impacts can be decreased and the positive ones can become clearer.