Media Influence On Children

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For decades now, society has constructed the idea that it is the parent 's responsibility to protect their children from danger and harm. However, parents trying to maintain this protection over children is not so simple when technology gets involved. Americans have suspected that accessibility and content that 's provided by media platforms scare existing social structures between the relationship of parent and child, especially for teenager. Media accessibility and the explicit content on the media platform only became moral panics when used to hurt social structures already in place. In America, teenagers use media platforms to express identity, but do so in a way that parents are fearful what is being constructed and received. There is …show more content…
Spigel explains Leo Bogard 's claim stating “it was mainly the middle class who feared television’s influence on children, and that while people of higher social position, income and education are more critical of existing fear in radio, television, and the movies...those at the lower end of the social scale are more ready to accept what is available.” (pg. 275) The social class systems had an impact on what children were retaining from television, just as Snapchat does for children of contemporary society. The prevalence of this panic that the media has power over the social class system should be framed as a direct result as to how parents attend to the parent child relationship within the domestic space. Scholar Sonia Livingstone references Ribak’s idea of a “resultant struggle between parental strategies and children’s tactics suggest a ‘digital generation gap’ in which children and teens play a key role in acquiring and understanding the internet, including explaining it to their parents. (“Pg 149, livingston) [insert sentence analysing it] As these theories suggest, the digital inequality in the class system is at the core of the media panic surrounding Snapchat and the fear of access to …show more content…
In this argument, children and parents receive the same content, making it harder for parents to maintain children’s innocence. Lynn Spigel suggestion that “image of the child that television and the debates around it have constructed” (pg. 260) would not be enough to change social attitudes towards the parent child relationship. The tendency of society to protect children results from the fear that children having access to amounts of information which harms social norms. If teenagers were to have access to the same explicit content as adults, this would harm the system of the power in society. In order for teens to maintain child-like content, their society would need to accept the idea of technology in a non threatening way, which unfortunately seems far from the reality of this social media app,

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