By Trace Embry
Our culture has a lot more influence on our teens than most people care to understand.
And the influence is not always a good one.
I have spoken regularly on the topic of the influence of media. I have had the unique opportunity of speaking on Anhedonia and the influence of media at conferences and churches across America. In addition to conferences and churches; of course, I get to reveal the influence of music, media and culture to the kids at Shepherds Hill Academy (SHA) and review it on a regular basis (more on that in a moment).
A Lack of Understanding
With mobile devices projected to be 50% of all Internet traffic, the influencing power of today’s culture is just a touch away. Parents would do well to educate themselves in how the influence of media can set their child up for failure.
While technology can be a good thing; homes, schools and churches are becoming more dependent on media and digital devices. It is advantageous for the well-being of our children if we recognize just how much the media influences them, especially our teens. We also have to realize that they were born into this media age, and they do not know anything else.
How Can Media Negatively Influence Us?
Today’s entertainment negatively impacts so many young impressionable minds by way of content – for one. Media that is viewed as entertainment today could have gotten somebody arrested not so long ago.
Because of the negative impact media has on today’s teens, an effective home will need to monitor media usage closely. This includes setting boundaries that limits what kids are allowed to listen to, watch and interact with.
A Practical Example Found at SHA
Students who arrive at SHA often have feelings of anger, depression, hatred, apathy, and other negative emotions. However, when they graduate from Shepherd’s Hill they leave with self-confidence, a sense of pride, joy, and a feeling of love.
While there are many factors that contribute to this transformation, one reason is that kids are removed from the negative influences of media for at least a year.
Of course I’m bias with this example; but, I’m in good company, you can go to the Shepherds Hill Academy Reviews and Endorsements to see many parents, kids, and Christian leaders attest to the transformation in kid’s lives.
The influence of media can not be underestimated with the impressionable minds of today’s teens—especially with troubled teens.
When the rest of America wakes up to this fact, we will vastly reduce our troubled teen population in America.
What are some other cultural influences that your family faces?