Since we are now living in 21st Century modern technology and media has now evolved. Technology emerges in various things and ways. One specific example is smart phones. It is the basic and fundamental source of information and communication of people nowadays. Media also emerged into social media which Filipino Youth had been using nowadays. But sadly, the effects of media to the Filipino Youth had been unpredictable since it has been developed couple of years ago. Media has changed our culture in significant ways since first becoming popular in the early 1900’s with the introduction of the radio. A lot has changed since then, and society today has experienced many new creations. One of the newest is social media. Social media, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter just to name a few, has made its way into the homes of people young and old.
The benefits of these programs are plentiful. For example, some people use social media for motivation to get healthy with applications such as Fitbit, Jawbone or Map My Run. Another more obvious example is how it connects people to other people worldwide and to local and global affairs.Though beneficial, there is concern that social media can lead to negative behavior in Filipino Youth. There is where most begin to wonder what age is appropriate to begin use, and how does one prevent harmful media from “working its magic?” Researchers believe that there are things parents should be aware of and tips they should consider when their children open their own accounts. Television has the potential to generate both positive and negative effects, and many studies have looked at the impact of television on society, particularly on children and adolescents. An individual child’s developmental level is a critical factor in determining whether the medium will have positive or negative effects. Not all television programs are bad, but data showing the negative effects of exposure to violence, inappropriate sexuality and offensive language are convincing.
Behavioural scientist Steven Martino, shared some interesting research findings on this topic.
The more sexual content that kids see on television, the earlier they initiate sexual activity, the more likely they are to regret their early sexual experiences, and the more likely they are to have an unplanned teen pregnancy.
There is a strong causal connection between youth exposure to violence in the media and violent or aggressive behavior and thoughts.
Kids are exposed to nearly 300 alcohol commercials per year. Similarly, more than 80 percent of movies depict alcohol use.
The motives movie characters convey for smoking can adversely affect adolescents’ real-world smoking risk.
However, Martino offered concrete solutions for concerned parents.
“You’re not going to be able to keep your kids from seeing these things, so you should start having conversations with them very early on.”
First, they can restrict how much media their kids, particularly young children, consume. This may mean limiting television hours or internet access. Second, parents should monitor their children in order to ensure proper use, both for content and for time spent. Children are getting in touch with social media at a much younger age. Whether it is online gaming or social sites, most children begin to create their own accounts when they are nine years old. This age is crucial, however, in adolescent life.
At this stage, they are learning how to balance their days and interact with others. In fact, research has shown that electronic stimulation affects sleep and mood behavior for children. That being said, it is important for parents to monitor their usage.
As social media expands and the availability of it grows our society must learn to adapt. It is expected that Filipino Youth will be curious, but it’s important for their mental and physical sake that there are limits and guidelines to be followed.