The Effects of Media On Young People
Many studies have been carried out on the effects of media —
violence in the media, in particular — on children.
Some experts, like University of Michigan professor L Rowell
Huesmann (2000), argue that fifty years of evidence show that
Others, however, like Jonathan Freedman of the University
of Toronto, maintain that “the scientific evidence simply
does not show that watching violence either produces violence in
people, or desensitizes them to it”.
The proliferation and globalisation of media are among the defining
features of contemporary youth culture. In many countries, young
people have access to a greater number of multi-media choices than
ever before — conventional, satellite and cable TV channels;
radio stations; newspapers and magazines; the internet, and computer
and video games. Today there is greater availability of foreign
programming and media, and less official censorship and control
in many parts of the world. Information, email and images flow around
the world faster and more freely than ever. Issues of protection
as well as participation need to be considered.