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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Influenced most by my parents

  • I don’t go a week without hearing the argument about kids being influenced by today’s entertainment, such as television, movies, and video games.
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  • I don’t go a week without hearing the argument about kids being influenced by today’s entertainment, such as television, movies, and video games.
    I see it in the news, Facebook, and other social media sites, and I strongly disagree for the most part. Yes, I believe we see some of these behaviors as a result of entertainment. But, I also believe in parents teaching their children the meaning of a human life.
    We as a society claim that all this technology and entertainment is making our kids dumb and violent.
    The news stations will have a story about kids and their entertainment, showing people’s findings, and then cut to a breaking story about a violent crime.
    Well, I am here to say as still somewhat of a child myself; children today are influenced most by their parents.
    I have mentioned in the past that I love television, movies and video games. Just recently I bought myself one of the newest generation game consoles, and I love it! I can do all three in just one press of a button.
    Yet, I have not committed any violent crimes.
    I play first person shooter games, or role-playing games, and I even play sports games. This is how I relieve stress. I don’t do anything I see in a video game in real life.
    Today, I realize it is getting harder and harder for parents to monitor their kids.
    Most households, including mine as I was growing up, require both parents to work full-time just to barely get by.
    My mother is a store manager, so even when she’s not working, she’s working. My father is a truck driver, so he’s away most of the week.
    But they always made sure we spent time together. Whether we go out to eat as a family or just watch a movie together.
    They taught me right from wrong; they taught the meaning of a human life. Even today, at age 20, my mother still lectures me.
    I’m not saying we need to lock down everything kids do, because that’s where kids are never going to learn from their mistakes. But as a society we are most influenced by our parents.

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