Parental Control as a Necessary Measure in the Upbringing of Modern Children (Part 3)

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Assignment

Write a 650-700 word argumentative essay draft about the standards of parental control of media and modern technology that children engage with. State that it is necessary to have security measures for underage individuals in order to dissuade them from being involved in adult content.

Expand on the thesis that you came up with in the first draft. Add specific details to each argument you introduce. In the introduction, you could specify the reasons of underage people’s vulnerability to explicit content on the Web; in the first body paragraph list the negative effects watching pornography has on underages; in the second body paragraph, list examples of the most violent materials that are legally available through the Internet. Add more specific details wherever needed.

Format references properly, and pay attention to punctuation and grammar.

Parental Control as a Necessary Measure in the Upbringing of Modern Children

Living in the 21st century is conjuncted with a seemingly unceasing consumption of information. A wide variety of means, such as television or the Internet, allows people to access data they require or desire with ease. However, not all information is useful and beneficial; camouflaged or uncovered violence and pornography makes up a significant part of the information available, and underage youth are most vulnerable to materials of this kind. Due to the fact that their ethical principles are in a process of intense forming, and their outlooks have not reached their full fruition, children and teenagers can be negatively influenced by obscene content. Reasonable parental control over information that children consume is necessary. While adults can distinguish between right and wrong and safely navigate through information provided by the media, teenagers and children are much more sensitive and exposed to its dangers.

The superfluity of easily accessible pornography and other content connected to sex is the first and foremost reason for establishing parental supervision over underage youth’s media involvement. Pornography can inflict severe psychological damage to a youth’s developing personality and cause serious behavioral deviations. Among the most common dangers are addiction to pornography, understanding sex as an act detached from morality and relationships, or sexual solicitation (Margolies). Special software, such as PicBlock or SafeScreen, can be used to minimize the risk of viewing pornographic content by accident on the Internet. The password should not be set on the computer, because forbidden material only becomes even more attractive for children. Spending time on the Internet together with a child or a teenager could become a sufficient security measure.

Violence in different forms, advertised and displayed in an attractive way is another manifestation of an offensive against children’s clear psyche. This refers mostly to popular movies and video games. Such movies as Undisputed or Devil’s Rejects, and especially video games, such as Prototype, Assassin’s Creed, Manhunt, and many others show violent actions as justified, with many embroideries. Children tend to adopt and reproduce behavioral patterns they observe in real life. It may result in aggression towards peers, parents, and so on. For example, one needs to look no further than a 16-year-old teen shooting classmates with a shotgun in California (USA Today) this year, or a boy shooting his teacher and then himself in front of his class in 2011 in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Worden). Talking about behavioral norms that are acceptable and unacceptable in civilized society is a way to help children distinguish between right and wrong behavior.

Numerous websites and forums use explicit vocabulary and raise disputable topics, such as sectarian disputes, radical political revolutionary content, or sexual relationships, in a provocative or obscene manner. Based on such information, children may develop a wrong understanding of such topics as religion, racial tolerance, sex, familial relationships, and so on. Parents should keep an eye on what their children read and should discuss sound, debatable topics with them.

Copious amounts of available information through media today poses new challenges for the upbringing of young people. In this modern era, parents should establish moderate control of their children’s activities to ensure that their psychological development continues correctly, since underage youths’ principles and outlook are in the process of forming, thus unstable and easily suggestible. The reasons why such control must be enabled are the superfluity of obscene sexual content on the Web, violence demonstrated attractively in the media, and uncensored vocabulary in provocative and debatable topics within different forums.

References

1. Margolies, Lynn. “Teens and Internet Pornography.” Psychcentral.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.
2. Stanglin, Doug; Winter, Michael. “Calif. Teen with Shotgun Wounds Classmate in School.” USA Today. Gannett, n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2013.
3. Worden, Tom. “Boy, 10, Shoots Teacher in Class before Killing Himself with Policeman Dad’s Revolver.” Daily Mail Online. N.p., 23 Sept. 2011. Web. 16 Apr. 2013.

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