News Channels – Impact on the young generation.

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A  few years ago, TV channels used to allot roughly half an hour per day for broadcasting news. But now we have 24/7 news channels.

News channels help people in staying aware of the happenings around the world,  strengthen democracy by taking steps to ensure transparency in the government. Now those who have power are afraid of news channels, which are taking responsibility to question them on behalf of people.

Until a few years ago, not many people were interested in watching the news. But these days, news channels are as interesting and colourful as entertainment channels. 

As long as the news is delivered genuinely, without any biased opinions and personal or political interests,  it would definitely be informative to the students.

On the contrary,  news channels are exaggerating each and every news and projecting them as breaking news just to grab attention.  They sensationalize everything just for TRP ratings. This is creating unnecessary panic and restlessness among the younger generation.

News channels are concentrating mainly on negative news such as tragic incidents, crime etc. To earn more money, many news channels are opting for paid news and are manipulating people. This phenomenon is on the rise especially at the time of elections and this is resulting in a lack of trust on news channels. 

Some political parties have news channels of their own. This results in biased news to influence voters.  We at schools, cultivate habits like addressing the higher authorities like Ministers and people discharging duties at higher levels with high respect by adding titles like, ‘Sri’, ‘Sir’, ‘honorable’ etc.,.. But these days because of the DEBATES that are being conducted in the national level channels, students are loosing the habit of respecting officials, instead addressing any one in a familiar or friendly manner is taken for granted.

These days, news channels often take up the role of investigators at crime scenes. They explain everything in minute detail. This is influencing some youngsters to commit  crimes as they now know the process to do it. In this way, news channels keep people updated about new ways of committing crimes, which is changing the mind set of adolescents into thinking of crime as  a passion.

If there is an incident of a clash between communities, news channels will telecast that all day. This results in increasing hatred among people. 

As news channels report crimes every hour, people feel as if there is crime everywhere. This makes people feel unsafe. Constant feeling of uneasiness, directly affects their mental health. What we consume has a direct impact on our happiness levels too.

Hence our role as educators and parents,  should be more concentrated on their mental health as they get exposure to many kinds of negative things through social media. Observe what they are watching, what they are doing and guide them on the right direction.  Provide space for them to interact with you on daily basis without any  fear or consciousness. Join your hands with us in this journey of making intellectual future citizens for a healthy society.

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