Negative Effect on Media Sex and Violence Essay
Highly sexual TV shows and intensely violent Web sites and video games may be affecting teenagers' behavior, according to three studies published in Pediatrics.
Sex on TV and teen pregnancy. A total of 2,003 teens (ages 12 to 17 years) were asked how often they watched 23 popular TV shows that portrayed passionate kissing, sexual talk, and sexual intercourse. One to three years later they were interviewed again; 744 teens reported being sexually active. Those who watched the most TV shows with sexual content were two to three times more likely to become pregnant or to impregnate …show more content…
What can you do to help protect you child from the negative effects of the media?
Media is everywhere but there are ways to help protect your children from the harmful effects: * Monitor what your child is watching. * Set limits on their exposure to TV, radio and video games. * Talk with your child about what they see and hear. It might be awkward but if you don't talk to them, the media may be their only other source of information. * Help them develop realistic perceptions of the roles sex and violence have in society. * Encourage activities OTHER than watching TV or playing video games that allow them practice pro-social