Mothers and Fathers are their daughter’s and son’s first role models.. This is part of discovering who we are and trying to find our place in the world as Men and Women. This is fine if you have a strong female/male role model from which to emulate yourself after. But what happens if you don’t ? Unfortunately there are many girls/boy’s today, that do not have strong male/female role models so they turn to the TV and social media, as their guide to living their life and making important life choices….
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The images that they receive in the media are often life shaping for them. As adults, it is much easier for us to see how silly and unrealistic these images and expectations are, but for young girls/boy’s, they are not often able to discern the difference.
One thing that’s important is keeping communication lines open, that will help them to feel safe in coming to you if they have a problem. Don’t be judgmental or they will shut down and go somewhere else for advice, which could be detrimental to them.
Media plays an important role in shaping the ideas and beliefs of teens. In fact, continuous exposure to media has proven to impact a child’s social, physical, and mental development.
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Exposure to media is not always bad. Media at large can have a positive impact on teenage behavior and attitudes. On Social media teens find this interaction entertaining and satisfying for their self-expression, thus boosting their confidence and self-esteem.
Online documentaries, movies, inspirational stories on the internet, print, and broadcast media can be a source of inspiration for your teen.
The media disseminates information on health and well-being. A teen, who pays attention to such information, is more likely to be aware of various health issues like teen depression, childhood obesity, etc., and their possible solutions. This might help them make informed and healthy lifestyle choices…..You can strike up a discussion on such issues to educate your child..
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There are also the negative effects of social platforms, sometimes they are used to spread biased information and fake news. Teens may start believing the provided information, thus causing a shift in their attitude and behavior.
Most teens post pictures or their feelings online and eagerly wait for likes, shares, and positive comments from friends. These experiences activate the brain’s reward system and increase the levels of dopamine. It can raise the likelihood of media addiction in time.
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The negative and positive effect of media on your child depends on the amount of time spent on media and how well parents regulate the child’s exposure to it.
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