When the media world has developed faster than what human can imagine, people seem to have a chance to blame everything on the new media forms for changing their lives. Well, the media do change human life, but in what way do they change it? Can we blame all of the nasty complications, for example conflicts, crimes, not having a healthy lifestyle, etc., on the media? Does media itself, or the people that create it should take the responsibilities for causing bad effects on growing up online trend which young people living in the modern days experience through? The answer has always been an arguable issue, but from my perspective, the ones who take control on everything including the media effects are people.
People claim that children nowadays seem to stick to life throughout the screens and forget how to communicate in real life. They can spend all day looking at the computer and phone’s screens but cannot even speak a word to their parents or siblings, which psychologists called the ‘anti-social behavior’. They can do everything online and using the Internet with an amazing flexible skills, they can talk and comment like an experienced person and act like they are outgoing generation online but when going to school, all they can do is sit passively in the classroom interacting with no one. Some of them also react aggressively and tend to be violent with the surrounding environment and all people do is censuring the media for showing violent films which have shaped negative reactions on children.
Now should we condemn the media forms for that phenomenon before considering possible reasons such as other social factors and family conflicts? If parents have controlled their children by giving them the specific hours to go online or sitting by their sides to guide which channels they should click on, maybe the problem may not get worse. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at New Castle University has researched that: ‘If a child is alone with the internet and no one else is around, the web can be a deadly, subversive, filthy and perverse place’, however ‘…when children access the internet on large, publicly visible screens in safe and public surroundings, the net can be their most beneficial friend’. What he means by this is that, it is not the Internet that harms children, it’s the way adults guide children to use the net that may help or destroy them.
To put it in nutshells, it is not the media’s false for all of the bad effects which growing up online causes, it is the way people control the media that brings out unpredictable results. As a media audience, I believe people totally have the ability to take control over the new media forms to make them positive changes of human’s life.