Children and teenagers like to be entertained. They like to run and play outside, play video games, read books, write in diaries, listen to music, and especially watch television. There are all sorts of different content on the TV that young people are exposed to; whether it is sports, cartoons, music videos, sitcoms, soap operas, or even sexual material. Since children are constantly watching these programs, they are absorbing a plethora of information and becoming more knowledgeable about things that are beyond their years. I believe that there is an excessive amount of sexual content that non-legal individuals can access which leads to negative events and outcomes such as teen pregnancy and premature sexual-definition.
[...] Children are like us but they are just ‘little.' As stated before they pick up on anything we do whether it be negative or positive and they do not hesitate to be curious when it comes to trying to answer a question that appears in their heads. Children are the future voters, leaders, and citizens of America and it is our social and moral responsibility that they grow up knowing the truth about life for it is important to us as a society and country. The media needs to put forth a stronger effort in filtering television programs and shows so parents can have the opportunity to expose their children on a non-skewed perspective [...]
[...] Nineteen of these studied the effects mass media had on teenage sexual attitudes and behavior. These studies concluded that teenagers are exposed to ‘extensive sexual imagery and content' with regards to the media. Some researchers found that television showed around 6.7 scenes featuring ideas related to sex every hour, and the average teenager is exposed to TV three to four hours a day. According to the study, adolescents exposed to this material were more likely to possess accommodating views towards premarital sex and even more likely to think that actually having sex would be a beneficiary act (Triplett). [...]
[...] The media is adding to this horrific reality by displaying violence, sex and death in movies, TV, video games and other easily accessible mediums. Many people do not realize that young minds tend to be curious about the world around them and the individuals who have these minds are going to seek out ways to find answers to the questions that materialize in their heads. can't I have sex like mommy and daddy? They do not want to tell me the truth so I will just go find it myself.” This is the mindset that many children have and if their questions go unanswered by embarrassed parents they will turn to the media for their answer. [...]
[...] The pregnancy rate has dropped extensively since the year 1991 and that dramatic drop is a negative effect due to poor sexual education programs in schools that do not teach teenagers about contraception. Evidently the federal government only provided funds to schools for an abstinence-only sexual education program but many liberals, parents, and even politicians are concerned. They have noticed that over the past decade that these programs have not really had a noticeable effect on teenagers today. As a matter of fact, schools that have not already changed to an abstinence-only program are doing so. [...]
[...] The issue is not focused on how to stop the media from continuing, which, based on my sources, is what many individuals are intent on doing. Lots of concerned adults and parents feel that this issue is mostly the media's fault but that is not entirely true for there is a social responsibility they must uphold. Parents are an enormous influence on the delicate lives of children, for children mimic and observe every action and conversation they are exposed to when they are around their parents. [...]
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