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When adolescents are trying to find out who they are and where they belong they turn to television Fisher 1994 This is a serious time for the shaping of adolescents morals and values This would be an ideal time for children to be informed about safe sex sexual predators and STIs however the average child spends approximately twenty eight hours a week watching television which is twice as much time as they spend in school Facts about media violence and the effect on the American family 1998 Unfortunately more often than not adolescents shape their lives after characters they can relate to on prime-time television Fisher 1994 When sixty percent of popular television shows depict sex andor violence and the characters committing acts such as unsafe sex sex with multiple partners and depictions of violence on women it leads adolescents to having their real-life decisions influenced to a certain extent and their feelings towards certain issues desensitized by what is done in the mainstream media Fisher 1994 Sex and violence in the media increase risk-taking in teenagers Adolescents have an unlimited access to all media through television internet movies as well as their favorite magazines Fifty-four percent of children in the USA have a television set in their bedroom children spend more time learning about life through media than in any other manner Facts about media violence and the effect on the American family 1998 When it comes time to learn about sex in school too often the human issues are passed over because the teacher may feel uncomfortable or find the topic objectional making sex education the redundant experience of learning about what sexual parts are made up of Steele 1999 Adolescents should be taught in school the consequences of not being careful and taking precautions when it comes to being sexually active they should not be learning from fictional characters Adolescents who identify closely with romantic television characters believe that birth control
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