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Why the Media Has Such a Powerful Influence over Our Children Children are influenced greatly by what they see in entertainment media Its a known fact that children learn by observing emulating and making actions their own It is believed that children younger than 8 years of age are at their most influential stage of adolescences and can not distinguish the difference between fantasy and reality Therefore children are very susceptible to learning and adopting as reality the behavior seen in the media Although I would insist that parents are the highest influence in a childs life and should always try to set their own examples for their children to follow While some would argue I feel that moral and conscientious parents who are affectionate and attentive to their children will almost always have decent and conscientious children who are in turn loving and caring as well If parents begin to instill in their children at a very young age that what they are seeing is in fact fantasy there should not be problem with the media having such a negative influence over children Teaching children to be individuals and not imitate artists and actors or any entertainer is not an easy task Nevertheless it is the responsibility of the parents and they should not just hope for the best However in recent years we have become an extraordinarily working class society leaving children to become more exposed to television movies music videos video games computers and the internet We have become so caught up in our jobs and what is going on in our own surroundings that children are left to make these things their world As a result we are leaving the media to raise the children for us consequently making the entertainment media the premier influence in their lives We find ourselves getting angry and trying to lay the blame with the entertainment industry for the behavior of our children when
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