Violence, sex affect youth
Contest winner discusses how the media influences the lives of young people
Editor's note: Fr. Vanden Borne Knights of Columbus Council 4489,
Kimberly-Combined Locks, sponsored an essay contest on "Morality
in the Media," for seventh and eighth grade students. Here is the
first place winner for the seventh grade. You can also read the eighth grade winner's essay.
By Gretchen Reider
Two ways in which I have found that the media influences young
people is through violence and sex. A lot of young people watch
television or play video games. They often think that what
happens on television shows and video games are the cool things
to do. Young people might think that it is cool because someone
they see is a star or someone they look up to is doing it.
Young people see violence happen a lot. Violence can mostly be
seen in movies or video games. I think that video games affect
kids greatly because along with the young adults and teenagers,
there are young children playing these games too.
Most kids who play the violence-related video games often take
things from that video game and act them out in real life. In
movies there is a lot of action involving killing and gun use.
Teens or younger children might act out a scene from a movie or
video game in a pretending way, but you never know when a kid
will take these ideas seriously.
Movies also have sexual ideas. Sex is displayed and able to be
seen by younger people more than ever. They may not see so much
the real act of sex, but things that lead to it. Many times
people see things and because they see them on television think
that those actions are OK. They think that sexual actions are
okay with God and the way life is.
Also, today a lot of music related things have to deal with sex
and focusing on women wrongly. I think that this should
definitely be changed because so many kids and young adults love
music and are very interested in it. Young people very easily get
those wrong ideas filled in their heads.
I hope that in the future sexual actions are taken off from
channels and those young adults that don't know the difference
between right and wrong actions will not play video games.
(Reider is a seventh grader at Holy Name School, Kimberly.)