How Media Affects Children's Behavior

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“Media”, to start with, is defined as the main means of mass communication, such as television, radio and newspapers regarded collectively. Shaping someone is to influence their development and to help him or her become who they are. “Who we are” is defined by our actions, beliefs, values, behavior, attitude and personality. A national survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Children and adolescents are spending an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes on media, which shows the prevalence of media in our lives today. I believe that media shapes who we are to a large extent, so much so that it affects majority of people. Media affects our behavior by introducing harmful influences such as violence. We…show more content…
There are also other influences such as family that affects a child’s personality. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the birth order of a child affects the way his or her personality develops. Dr. Kevin Leman, author of "The Birth Order Book" states that the oldest child is likely to be more responsible than his or her younger siblings, self-confident, determined and a natural leader. The youngest child usually tries very hard to gain the attention of his or her parent, and the middle child tends to be more introverted and impulsive. The environment that children grow up in also impacts the type of personality characteristics they develop. According to the AAP, if a couple fights in front of their child, he may display violent behavior, become introverted, cry regularly or have a personality that is conflict-driven, as they develop. Children growing up with other siblings learn to share with their family members, and a child who is part of a stable family environment feels belonged, which leads to a healthy self-esteem and individuality. According to The Family Pediatrics Report, the chances of having emotional, and behavioral problems are lower among children with two parents, while children of divorced parents are at higher risks. These risks include depression and a tendency to have relationship and social problems with one or both parents. The effects of having divorced parents may still be apparent when the child becomes an adult, and can create problems in their own marriage. A study conducted on college students found that having a more positive family experience, is more likely to result in a more positive attitude and the certainty that they were in control of their own lives (Goldsmith, 2000). Thus, media is not the only influence responsible for shaping who we

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