Journal

Journal

Many theorists believe that the acquisition of emotional intelligence and moral thinking and/or behaviors are heavily influenced by media portrayals of “appropriate” behaviors. Prior to your participation in this discussions watch an episode of a TV show that is aimed at those children in middle childhood including those shows aimed at tweens (ages 7 to 12). A good source for these shows would be Teen Nick and certain shows on Nickelodeon and Disney. If you do not have access to these channels you can access full episodes from the Nickelodeon network at http://www.nick.com/videos/all-videos/?tab=all-full-episodes After viewing this episode answer the following questions: What TV show did you watch? What emotional or moral issues were presented? How did the characters respond? Where the responses and/or consequences realistic? Based on your reading this week what effect on emotional and moral development do you feel that today’s TV shows and movies have on our older children and tweens? What guidelines would you provide to parents whose children fall in the age range of 7 to 12 on media exposure?