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Television and other aspects of the media have such a great influence on childrens thoughts and behaviors Media also has put stereotypes on women in the media and this also has a huge effect on the thoughts and beliefs of children Children spend an average of 16 hours a week watching television if you add movies to the mix they spend as many as 55 hours in front of the television Other parts of the media play just as important roles in the lives of children The Internet allows adolescents to view pornography with the push of a button Everything that a child hears and views over the course of a day give them a self-perceived notion of the way the media decides to portray women Children have almost no chance to decide in what to believe in and what not believe in The effect of what children learn when they are young can and probably will be harmful to them when they become olderOver the course of one year children will view nearly 15000 sexual references The family hour 8-9 PM contains an average of eight sexual incidents Studies have shown that teenagers who watch soap operas and MTV have increased amounts of sexual experiences The same study also showed that not one person believed that their favorite soap opera stars would use any type of birth control Shows have yet to feature any possible risks or responsibilities while being sexually active A study of television has concluded that although two-thirds of primetime programming contain sexual content less than one in ten feature the possible risks or responsibilities associated with sexual activity Lower 1999 If birth control is not shown being used in the media then why will teenagers believe in using it Hardly ever after a sexual encounter on television does a problem come up whether it be pregnancy or a sexually transmitted disease Children do notice this and believe that nothing bad
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