Teachers' Day Contest: Media, A Boon Or A Bane?

The media is the powerful entity in the world. It has the power to make the innocent,guilty and the guilty,innocent. Because it controls the mind of the masses. In this scenario, mobile phones have replaced the human brain not only among adults but amidst children too. We live in an era, where meager confrontations are done through text messages, e-mail and other platforms. Media evaporates a lot of time, energy and makes us absolutely physically inactive, particularly amid children.

The ocean of information available on the web is educational but also a huge gateway to destruction. As the elders of this generation, just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them.

“It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal.” Any tool can be used for both good and bad, social media has also provided the negative and positive ways for the people. It is all about the usage and getting things done positively by using the power of social media. It is in the hands of the user to utilize its advantage. But willingly or unwillingly it can still have negative impacts on the users. For instance the larger audience of social media are teenagers and children, which leaves them vulnerable to all kinds of information above their maturity.

Values manifest themselves in the web of human interaction and relationships. We clearly see a society in rapid transition, with superstitious beliefs and values being swept away, along with the social codes which supported them. There are, no doubt, several economic, political and sociological factors that contribute to the changing Indian scenario, but the impact of the 'media world' on youth is becoming an important catalyst in the process. Its impact on children may be seen at many levels. “Social networks can facilitate relationships and promote the good of society, but they can also lead to further polarization and division between individuals and groups”. Social media has lot of benefits for the students and teachers. Regardless of your location and education background you can educate yourself, without paying for it.

The main advantage of the social media is that you update yourself from the latest happenings around in the world. Most of the time, Television and print media , these days are biased and do not convey the true message at all times. So social media paves way to get the true information.

Media can also be used for noble causes. For example, to promote an NGO, social welfare activities and donations for the needy people. It also creates awareness and innovates the way people live. Media has helped us discover new and innovative things that can enhance our lives. From farmers to teachers, students to lawyers, every individual of the society can benefit from social media and its undeniable awareness factor.

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