I agree to this and that exposing children to adult programs have paved the way for children to manifest violent and aggressive behavior. My personal experience on this is that my nephews, six of them, all boys, have been exposed to virtually all television programs through access to cable networks; as a result, the language they use and the actions seem to parallel toughness and aggressiveness, deemed as manifesting masculinity and power. As emphasized by Provenzo, due to the technological discovery of television, the number and incidences of crime have increased significantly and tremendously on the cultures exposed to violent programs. As a result, Kincheleo enjoined educators to resist what he termed as “anti-democratic machinations of techno-power” (Provenzo and Kincheloe, N.D., p. 233).
I learned that as educators, despite wanting to seclude our children from programs which showcase predominantly adult materials and subjects, the easy access to these technological gadgets have actually affected traditional instruction and the way students perform in class. For example, teachers could actually emphasize to children that some programs are not for their young minds’ consumption. In my nephews’ cases, I remind them to limit TV viewing to only about two hours per day provided that they have finished their home works. However, in contemporary society, where both parents work for economical reasons, children are mostly left at home with only these technological gadgets to keep them company. Therefore, learning is sourced from these sources, regardless of the content and the maturity and preparedness of the children to view them. Outside the classroom, sadly, I cannot do anything about it.
The article made me more aware of the significant impact of media in learning and shaping educational consumption of children. As the articles, separately written by Provenzo and Kincheloe, were apparently outdated, the more diversely updated technological ...Show more