1. Both books mention the role the media plays in constructing public perception of (juvenile) offending. Think about the role of the media—news media but also pure entertainment media—and discuss its role in our understanding of juvenile delinquency.
When a child starts forming an identity, a sense of self, it will develop by exploring the world around them. This child shapes himself or herself based on the very strong influences of family, society, and sometimes media influences. People rely on the news media for accurate information. Youths rarely appear in the news, but when they do, they are unduly connected to violence or crime. Images of youth crimes tend to be distorted or blown out of proportion. The roles of the media, social media, video games, music, movies, etc. can have an influence on juvenile delinquency. Violent video games, violent music lyrics, movies, and cartoons cater to young, impressionable minds and implant value systems which we would consider quite inappropriate in them. Some of these societal influences are the ones that shape a child’s behavior. Insensitivity to the value of life, to ethics, to ethical practices is held in high esteem by the media we encounter every single day of our lives. This passes on to children and invariably they end up believing in things that can lead them to get themselves involved in anti-social activities. The protagonist in a movie might kill a villain and harp about this as a great achievement. Here the value of life is understated and not given due importance. Minor, everyday things like these build up, starting small but growing into something quit big and sinister. The newest influences would be in social media. Children being online and using websites such as Facebook and Twitter, open up a new avenue for children to be exposed for all types of social situations and behaviors. These types of sites often employ derogatory language. Children can see people behaving badly and...
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