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    The Media, Children, and Mental Health

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    Using communications media (either local or national) how might this be effective and creatively employed as a tool of social change when working amongst children in the mental health system. Please help me come up with up with one concrete action that could be taken using the media to further the change considered for this population and topic. Be sure to consider any ethical implications related to that use. Please use scholarly articles if possible as resources.

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    Studies have been presented to suggest that the media has a strong influence on the psychosocial development of children and adolescents. Conners-Burrow, McKelvey, & Russell (2011 (2011). They examined the relationship between preschool children' social media habits, and classroom outcomes. The media included television, videos and the movies. As they point out, in most families media viewing is an integral part of daily life. Recent studies show that younger children in the United States watch an average of 2 to 3 hours of television per day. According to Conners-Barrows et al., although the studies are not substantiated, some studies have suggested a link between television watching and Attention deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)' (p. 259).

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    Based on these studies, violence is a large part of television watching, which captures most of the attention of children. Therefore, it would seem in order for this mode of the "media to be effective and creatively employed as a tool of social change" It would have to be more oriented to bringing about more positive outcomes among children. A prime example of a positive media response in addressing the problems of children with mental health difficulties is to provide meaningful program models that show these children that people care about them.

    Roberts (1996) suggests as opposed to isolating the child's problem and its ...

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    This solution proposes a positive media model for mentally-ill children.