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Contemporary Social Issues. Media Impacts on Teens.


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Georgian College: Contemporary Social Issues.
Medias Impact on Teens.
By: Meghan

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Contemporary Social Issues. Media Impacts on Teens.

  1. 1. Problems of Well-being effects Media has on Teens By:Meghan Janssen Friday, 29 November, 13
  2. 2. effects Media has on Teens Media - Video games - Body image - Glorified negative behaviours Social Media - Cyber Bullying - Facebook depression Theory - Social Disorganization theory Friday, 29 November, 13
  3. 3. -1/12 teens report that they have attempted suicide”(Greenburg, 2013). -”29% of teen have posted mean information, embarrassing photos or spread rumours about someone on Facebook”(Thomas, n.d.). Friday, 29 November, 13
  4. 4. Media: Video Games •It is said that teens that watch more than 5 hours of TV a day are more violent (Thomas, n.d.). •Studies show that consistent use of violent video games can make teens more aggressive, more confrontational, more physically violent and have a decline in academics. Friday, 29 November, 13
  5. 5. Media: Video Games • This is because repetition is • The link below is a clip from CNN an effective teaching method that enhances learning. News. Watch the first minute, as they look at the impact video • Video games are more influential than movies in some cases because the individual has to be an active participant in the game. Friday, 29 November, 13 games have on violence. • watch?v=8Ku0ZlzGr1A
  6. 6. Media: Body Image Friday, 29 November, 13
  7. 7. Media: Body Image • The girls on TV shows, billboards, ads and in magazines portray an unrealistic view of what women should look like. This false representation strongly impacts girls, mainly teens. Friday, 29 November, 13
  8. 8. Media: Body Image • They strive to look like women portrayed in media because that is what they believe is considered pretty. • This results in young girls developing eating disorders which can cause emotional and physical health problems, and can be potentially fatal. (Loop, 2013) Friday, 29 November, 13
  9. 9. Media: Body Image Body image is the way that someone perceives their body and assumes others perceive them. This image is often affected by family, friends, social pressure, and the media. (Spurling, 2010) Statistics “95 percent of people with eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25”(Do something, n.d.). “Only 10 percent of people suffering from an eating disorder will seek professional help” (Do something, n.d.).. See what teens are up against: Friday, 29 November, 13
  10. 10. Media: Body Image • Eating disorders are the third most common chronic illness among women. (Spurling, 2010) Friday, 29 November, 13
  11. 11. Media: Glorified negative behaviours Friday, 29 November, 13
  12. 12. Media: Glorified negative behaviours •TV shows and movies show beautiful, thin and popular women smoking, drinking or doing drugs. •This by itself can be peer pressure for teens. •This is also shown through the sexual behaviour in which teens see on TV. •Watching such behaviour can make teens think that it is acceptable and expected for them to act in a similar way. (Mokeyane, 2013) (Loop, 2013) Friday, 29 November, 13
  13. 13. •The media teens see on an every day basis can effect them in many ways. •The average child will see more than 200,000 acts of violence before their 18th birthday •“TV characters often depict risky behaviours, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce gender-roles and racial stereotypes”(Kids-health, 2013). Friday, 29 November, 13
  14. 14. In the link above, it demonstrates the type of behaviour that is encouraged of teens. This encouragement comes from TV shows such as Degrassi. They make teens think that what they do in the show is acceptable and expected. Note the bullying, aggression, sex appeal, danger and body image. Friday, 29 November, 13
  15. 15. Media:Social Media Friday, 29 November, 13
  16. 16. “Cyber bullying is quite common and can occur to any young person online and can cause profound psychological outcomes including depression, anxiety, severe isolation and suicides” (Do something, n.d.). Friday, 29 November, 13
  17. 17. Media: Social Media Cyber Bullying -The existence of cyber bullying is not news to us. -With social media resources being in demand by teens around the world, the possibilities for cyber bullying becomes endless. -Bullying can no longer stay at school, it comes into the home on cell phones and computers. “According to a recent poll, 22% of teenagers log on to their favourite social media site more than 10 times a day, and more than half of adolescents log on to a social media site more than once a day” (Pearson, 2011). Friday, 29 November, 13
  18. 18. Media: Social Media Cyber Bullying • 70% of students report seeing frequent bullying online. • Over 80% of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying. • 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person. • 90% of teens who have seen social-media bullying say they have ignored it. • (Do something, n.d.). Friday, 29 November, 13
  19. 19. Media: Social Media Facebook depression •Social media keeps people connected at all times. • However, teens become more lonely and private as a result of this constant connection. Friday, 29 November, 13
  20. 20. Media: Social Media Facebook depression •In some cases teens can become ‘Facebook depressed’ and develop symptoms of depression. •This can occur from excessive use of social media sites. •It is said that the intensity of the online world is the trigger and can result in social isolation. •This social isolation and depression-like symptoms can lead to related blogs, and later substance abuse, sex, and ultimately self destruction. Friday, 29 November, 13
  21. 21. Theory: SOCIAL DISORGANIZATION According to the Social Disorganization theory of social problems, rapid social change disrupts the norms in society. This theory can be directly related to how the media has rapidly altered social norms in modern society. Friday, 29 November, 13
  22. 22. Theory: SOCIAL DISORGANIZATION This has been done through the introduction of social networking, online video gaming and increased presence of idealistic male and female bodies. Video games have gone from an interacting source of entertainment with friends to a much more violentbased past time Media falsely represents the expectation of teens and causes disruption in households and society. The large involvement that media now plays in our every day lives has disrupted the social norms. Friday, 29 November, 13
  23. 23. References CosmoGirl. (2010, May, 25). Teennick degrassi trailer. Retrieved from watch?v=c0MKcZyOirA Greenburg, B. (2013). Hugg Post Parents- what is going on with out teens? teen Suicide and violence. Retrieved from How tv affects your child. (2011). Kids Health. Retrieved from positive/family/tv_affects_child.html Loop, E. (2013). Global Post- the negative influences TV has on teens. Retrieved from (http:// Mokeyane, K. (2013). Global Post- media’s positive and negative influence on teenagers. Retrieved from MOXNEWS. (2012, January 11). CNN: Is there a link between video games and violence. Retrieved from Friday, 29 November, 13
  24. 24. References Schurgin-O’Keeffe, G., & Clarke-Pearson, K. (2011). Pediatrics- the impact of social media on children, adolescents and families. Retrieved from Spurling, S. (2010). Yahoo Voice- media and young girls: the pressure of being thin. Retrieved from Teen violence: Statistics, risks, and prevention. (2012). Middle Earth. Retrieved from http:// Thomas, T. (n.d.). Top ten reviews- 30 statistics about teens and social networking. Retrieved from Tim Piper. (2007, October 2.). Beauty Pressure. Retrieved from v=Ei6JvK0W60I 11 facts about body image, (n.d.). Do something. Retrieved from tipsandtools/11-facts-about-body-image 11 facts about cyber bullying, (n.d.). Do something. Retrieved from tipsandtools/11-facts-about-body-image Friday, 29 November, 13