Can kids really learn from it? Media Choice. Description of media Sesame Street is a TV show directed towards children. It contains Muppets that experience some of the same problems that today’s children face. They talk about being a good sport, getting new kids in their families, having arguments with their friends, and sharing, just to name a few.
Many popular Disney movies show stereotypical gender roles, the false representation of other groups and cultures, which may affect children negatively in the feature. Socialization helps us develop ways in which people develop perceptions, feelings, and beliefs. Socialization makes us who we are. The mass media is one agent of socialization in which significant developments of socialization occurs (Giddens 72).” Around age one or two children, “gradually come to understand that others have distinct identities, consciousness, and needs separate from their own (Giddens 70).” It is important to understand the messages given to young kids by the media because throughout their whole life they will keep and carry the information they learned about themselves and apply it to the world around them. The most common stereotypical gender roles shown in Disney movies are women as weak and helpless, more often than not waiting for her prince to come save her such as snow white and sleeping beauty.
Children across the globe have toys in common within their culture related to the act of play. Depending on the use of these toys, they can either help or hinder a child’s development. While children develop certain behaviors genetically, others are learned from their experiences, parents, surroundings, and, most notably, toys. Through toys they can establish communication and motor skills, encourage logical thinking, and enhance imagination. Childhood and culture influence children’s identities and behaviours, and also reinforces gender roles.
Walt Disney films are known as one of the most prominent developers of fantasy stories and characters and most of these made use of films as a tool to expose such movies. Evidently, children has always been exposed to this kind of films, films that has the “never-ending-tale-of-love-story” concept. Walt Disney had created its own television network known to be “Disney channel” using logo of famous Mickey Mouse. The network developed different shows that was not exclusively for children but has a wide range of target viewers. A great number of viewers are mostly female children who more often than not portray and imitate the princesses in the film.
I feel this research should help me develop and understanding of allowing children to watch T.V. is harmful or not. In my opinion, allowing children to watch the educational shows is beneficial to their brain development. However, an excessive amount could be harmful for the children’s social skills and other aspects that are essential to their development capacity to understand difficult concepts as they learn. There is a lot of speculation about whether television is for children in their early childhood.
The effects of television on children have been disputed. Some people have said that viewing time has a negative impact on children. Other people, however, feel that the early educational television productions for children help tehm learn. These important questions on the topic of children’s television viewing in its early beginnings continue to be debated in society. The creation of children’s television shows in the 1940s and 1950s offered children pure entertainment and very little smart education.
Television is a big part of most people’s lives, not only for adults but also for children. An easy way to entertain a child is to let them watch television and keep themselves occupied. Every time a parent turns on a television channel for a child they are being exposed to advertising and it is not only through commercials. For example, Nickelodeon had a series called “Zoey 101” in this show all the children’s technology had a pear with a bite taken out of it. This logo was used on all the “popular” new gadgets on the show and there were even a few instances where the characters made a big deal about getting the new “pear” technology.
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Through the duration of our lives we are inadvertently exposed to a plethora of social stereotypes that shape our thoughts and behavior. These stereotypes are instilled through various forms of media such as movies, tv shows, and music. Disney animated movies, specifically, are a popular and parent approved form of entertainment for young children. Yet, many parents are seemingly unaware of the fact that children to be easily susceptible to the subliminal ideas and actions seen in movies. This leads to young children, who minds are still in the developmental stage, to have misconstrued opinions, behaviors, and beliefs.