Honorable Mention -- Media gives opportunities

Nkaozoua Her, 18, Harding High School Photo Courtesy of Nkaozoua Her
Media has given the world a new way to see other parts of the world. It has given people opportunities to learn about places and people they do not know about.

Media has changed the way the world works. It’s easier for many people to get the news and for some teens it’s easier to get their homework done. Media can be a helpful source when it is used in the right way.

But when media is not used correctly, people tend to overuse it and it starts to become an addiction that is not good for our bodies. Media has had a great impact on my life. It has taught me how to do things from my alphabet to my homework. It has taught me how to research subjects which I may need to pass my classes. Media has made life easier and better.

The computer and Internet have helped my life greatly. Computers have made it easier for students to write papers and edit them without using paper so we can save trees. Many students, including me, find it hard to organize papers with tabs and staples, then put them in folders, which can cost a lot of money, time, and space. Computers make it easier to organize things by making folders and naming them. This way, students can easily find where their old documents are and they don’t have to waste so much money or space in their rooms.

Media such as television have given students the opportunities to see different parts of the world and how they interact. One example would be the National Geographic channel, which has news about issues around the world and how they affect humans. A second example would be documentary videos about people such as Harriet Tubman or Anne Frank showing how they changed the world. Television has given students an opportunity to see the world through visuals instead of continuous lectures from teachers.

As for children, media has given them many opportunities to learn their basic steps in life. I was born sitting in front of a television watching the Twin Cities Public Television/PBS Kids channel. Although I did go to school, I learned best from watching and listening, so the television was the best way I could have learned my alphabet.
When that channel was on, I would watch it because they would sing fun songs, which help me to this day. I also loved the visuals. On Sesame Street they had moving letters or numbers and cool, funny, cute characters like Elmo, Zoe, Big Bird, and many more. I also like how they teach you to be a good person. One of my favorite shows was Barney. That show taught me how to share, care, clean, say ‘sorry’ and ‘thank you’. If it wasn’t for that show, I think I would not know how to respect the people around me.

Media has given the world a new way to see other parts of the world. It has given people opportunities to learn about places and people they do not know about. It has given them chances to try new things. Media has made lives easier and better to work with and maybe given a jumpstart to those who are starting this new world.

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