The "Consuming Kids" documentary we watched in class raised some very important questions and thought points about the way media relates to children. The most glaring aspect that the viewer comes away with from this video is the sense that we are not investing properly in our future. The focus of everything children are exposed to should be investing in their development. In my personal opinion, there needs to be some sense of tact that comes along with advertising to children. With manipulative marketing, we are 'selling' cheap values instead of teaching children confidence, creativity, and self-investment. In the movie, we were witnessing a society teaching children that what they own is what makes them who they are. Young girls are being told they need to have the 'right' type of phone, the 'right' type of boyfriend, and the 'right' type of social experience. Toys for these young girls, usually about age six, are telling them they need to go out to parties, use their sex appeal when it comes to guys, and focus on having the most things. If each individual family taught their children the values that our society is focused on teaching children, our quality of life would fall rapidly. In all reality, it may be worth looking into how these changing sets of values has impacted the United States' impact on the world. When it comes to the developing minds of children, there should be some type of regulation that restricts the amount of manipulative messaging that goes into certain media.
Reflection on the "Consuming Kids" Documentary
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