Methods to Avoid Negative Impact of the Cinema on the Adolescents

By Shaifali Puri

It is an accepted truth all over the universe that whatever a person sees in practical shape leaves a permanent impression on the mind. The same law applies to the cinema. It is a media that always leaves a deep impact on the minds of the audience. This is true especially in case of the adolescents. The age of adolescence is the age when one is like wax, turn the way you want. When someone ponders over the question, as to what cinema is, the answers that readily come to mind are “An art form”, “A means of telling stories”, “A business”, “An entertainment” and possibly several other similar phrases but of course, these are not the real definitions of cinema. In fact these are the theories or the concepts that one develops while watching cinema. It is these pseudo definitions that nurture whole set of attitudes towards cinema and mask out important issues. If one looks at the general opinion about cinema, will find quite a different type of impression coming up. When one looks at often vague and pseudo-definitions of cinema one feel that the simple evocation of cinema arouses deeply personal resonance. But the cinema does not perform only this function. Apart from arousing feeling cinema also plays a very important role in day to day social as well as moral life of people. Cinema is such a subject, the study of which provides a peep into the life and atmosphere of the society in which it is produced. It is such a media that effects the changes in the life style of the society and is within the reach of all. Various ways and methods can be adopted to avoid the negative impact of the cinema on the personality of the adolescents. These methods are to be adopted at family as well as social level.

  • Students at all levels of education should be encouraged to watch educational or patriotic movies to ensure harmonious and positive development of personality.
  • Seminars, open discussions, lectures etc should be arranged where in positive and suggestive communication should take place among teachers, parents and children.
  • Mass media should be made responsible to carry out the job of ensuring production of reality based and morally suggestive programmes and movies.
  • A strict distinction should be made between the movies for young and for adult public. This kind of restriction should be strictly followed.
  • The stars and the artists should take initiative to propagate the fact that what ever is shown on silver screen should be watched only with the point of view of entertainment. It should not be imbibed in real life.
  • Print media can be used as a powerful source of propagating the abstract nature of silver screen. It should try to put positive influence on the minds of children by laying bare the truths of cinematic life.
  • Sex education should be provided to children to prevent them from developing wrong notions about sex, under the influence of movies and other programmes.
  • There should be proper and regular interaction between teachers and parents in order to discuss the changes taking place in the personality of child.
  • The ministry of education should establish a strong control on the conduct of cinema. The producers should be asked to maintain moral conduct in the movies they produce.
  • There should be TV. shows where in the realities behind all that is depicted on screen, should be shown so that the children do not look at it as a dreamland and do not blindly follow it.
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