Teachers' Day Contest: Influence Of Media On Children

The New Media (TV, Internet, Social Media, Video Games and Mobile Messaging) has done a lot of good to the students and the general community as a whole for which I give below a lot of examples:

  • It has brought the world closer and all information across the world is shared instantaneously. The recent Mumbai floods are a classic example where people from all the locations kept sharing information about the flooded roads and the roads which were motor able. Lot of Social Organisations sent messages about availability of food and shelter.

  • A lot of educational messages are being circulated enabling people to be abreast of all latest developments in their sphere of interest.

  • Messages on medical help required are shared instantaneously. There were cases of blood donors reading such messages and coming out for help.

  • One need not be worried about not being able to know cooking. A lot of live cookery classes are available off the shelf on the net. One need not be worried about not being able to know something. While I have given the example of cooking, a lot of such information is available.

  • Google maps are a classic example of the latest technology. I was stranded on the road while driving, to find out an address in a remote location of the city. All I had to do is log on to Google maps and it guided me to the place I wanted to visit. Not only that, the map guided me through the less congested road without getting stuck in the traffic.

  • I can purchase what I want from the comfort of my home. No need to visit the shops physically.

  • I will give a live example wherein during the 2015 floods in Chennai, our house was completely cut off from any connectivity or power, etc. we were not able to communicate to our daughter living abroad. Our close family living abroad were worried about our whereabouts. But they chose to pass the message on social media and through some “Connect” there was a social organisation who came to our house with food, etc. They took a video clipping of us and conveyed about our safety to all our relatives living abroad.

While I have listed a few of the good things that I can think off about the influence of social media, I also give a few things which are influence the younger generation in a bad way:

  • Wrong information and rumours get passed off in a jiffy. Non verified information is passed on without any checks.

  • Information that the children need not know are also easily passed on through the social media and children get influenced very fast.

  • People sometimes do not even go to doctors nowadays, they take self medication by going through the websites. This in my opinion is bad. Instead of taking professional advice, they take their own medication.