Is The Internet and TV Influencing People In A Bad Way?

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Is The Internet and TV Influencing People In A Bad Way?

Faith Hedden, Staff Writer

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As social media and new technology becomes more and more of our daily lives, it’s important to have fun while also knowing the things to stay away from. Cyber bullying and brainwashing through television is extremely common in our time. Parents are often questioning certain sites and shows because of the content they are relaying to their children. So, what can we do to prevent this harsh reality?

A new challenge is causing a great deal of panic by parents. The Momo Challenge is a terrifying thing that is on the “ Whatsapp” messaging app. It requires texting a special number to get into a conversation that sends bone chilling images and persuades them to complete several challenges. It even challenges suicide. Now, this may seem simple, just never download the “Whatsapp.” However, Youtubers are beginning to try this challenge and posting them for everyone to see. Kids look up to these people and want to be just like them and will do anything to get the exposure and popularity. That’s exactly how trends start. So, why are we still allowing this to happen?

People have been accusing television shows for sending subliminal messages for years, especially parents of the younger generation. Why should a parent have to worry about their kid watching Spongebob Squarepants? One episode of Spongebob Squarepants showed the main characters depressed the entire episode and even hinted at suicide. Depression and suicide are a real issue, but they shouldn’t be conveyed to such a young audience. Shouldn’t we be teaching them to live a happy life instead of showing them it’s okay to be depressed?

Anyone can see that we need more regulation on what we show and teach our audience, especially our younger audience, this ranges from social media, Youtube, and even kids television shows. We must understand that we live in a time where we can reach and influence people a lot faster than we ever could before. Having these technological advantages is a wonderful privilege, but we must remember the consequences of our actions.

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