Media vs. Education

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Position Paper
Media vs. Education
“Eight-to eighteen-year-olds spend more time with media than in any other activity besides (maybe) sleeping- an average of more than 7 ½ hours a day, seven days a week,” according to the Kaiser Family Foundation Study. This statistic shows how much of an importance the media has on children these days. They spend most of their time in front of some sort of screen; whether it’s a television, phone, iPad, or computer screen, as if it were an unpaid job, absorbing what they see and/or hear. The media today is a great part of children’s lives especially with this generation known as Generation M2. All of the variety of interactions they make with certain types of media, such as watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, tweeting, chatting on AOL and more are the interactions children take part in everyday that offer opportunities to absorb different types of topics. For instance, Black Ops, a video game that revolves around shooting the so called ‘enemies’ refers to the topic of violence, or another example would be Keeping Up With The Kardashians which is a reality television show reflecting not only on the topic of family relationships but also sex. With the understanding of the concept that kids these days are becoming greatly attached to the media it comes to the thought of questioning the affects it has on a child and their education. Is there some sort of relationship between kids’ media use and poor school performance?

Personally I believe the media use has become too available in the sense that children have access to it at any time of the day even throughout school hours. Although, some teachers may inflict certain regulations such as the use of cell phones during class does not necessarily keep students from using them during school hours. Students could easily sneak off to the restroom with their phone in their pocket or discretely use the phone under their desk or during lunch hours. Teachers are focused on the material they are presenting to the students and they usually have a class of about 25 students, so ideally phone usage is not one of their main concerns unless of course a student gets caught using their phone during class time. Not only do students have access to media usage through their phones, in middle school and high school there are some classes that require the usage of computers. I remember I took a course in high school that required the use of computers during the entire period, although the school had blocked websites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc., there was still a loop hole that was found by students, which was through some sort of website that had a third party you could go through in order to access these sites that were prohibited. Today children have a greater access to the media at home and even during school hours. With this excessive access to the media children have during any hours of the day it can be assumed that the media use is affecting the way children perform academically.

I believe there is a relationship between kids’ media use and poor school performance. On the contrary, others may argue that the media use has no relation to how kids do academically; that or, in fact the media may be the reason as to why some students do so well in school. A few counterclaims that can be made are the fact that the great amounts of media provided today help kids receive a variety of information from different sources. Another counter argument that can be made is the way children use the media today to their advantage. For instance, although it is not ideal to see a kid reading a newspaper, some schools may assign students to research current events which can be found in newspapers, or with the advanced technology we have today newspaper articles can easily be found on the web. A field study project was designed by HomeNetToo in 2000 in order to examine the antecedents and consequences of home Internet...
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