The impacts of media on child development

The impacts of media on child development

Watching anti-social media programs introduces lousy behavior in children. Excessive use of media by children, especially when unmonitored may lead to the access of unhealthy contents. Programs that depict violent activities such as fights and robbery, sexual activities, smoking, drinking of alcohol and drug use among other conducts will influence the behavior of the child (Wilson, 2008). Studies show that children learn through observation, hence whatever they watch from the media has a direct impact on their personality, and consequently feelings, thoughts, and behaviors (Curran and Gurevitch, 2000). Media also influence good behaviors in children, improve their motor skills and widen their perception of the world around them and beyond. Because of the direct influence of media on children, child development experts recommend the development of media programs that help children adopt behaviors encouraged in society (Kirkorian, Wartella & Anderson, 2008).


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Kirkorian, H. L., Wartella, E. A., & Anderson, D. R. (2008). Media And Young Children’s Learning. The Future of Children18(1), 39-61.

Wilson, B. J. (2008). Media and Children’s Aggression, Fear, and Altruism. The future of children18(1), 87-118.