The media can influence not only teens but adults as well. This doesn’t mean that things such as newspaper, television, radio, and internet are bad it just means that people need to be careful about what they believe. For instance, many news networks report things that are only half true, and change things to make stories more exciting. This may seem harmless but it’s not, because of how suggestible Americans are, they believe anything they hear on the news, or the internet, or in newspapers, even though more than fifty percent of what they hear is false information, or half truths.

Some tips to help you decide what is true and what is false are; always check your sources, if the person or network reporting is known to report false news often then what they say is not very credible. Next, always check the story on many different sources. If most of the sources have relatively the same story then you can be sure that the story is mostly true, but if all of the sources have a different story then the information is probably false.

Television, radio and the internet are also a place for people to express their opinions, and while that is good teens have a tendency to be influenced by other people’s opinions instead of forming their own. Teens are easier to convince and they will believe anything that they hear, and they often jump to conclusions about things without having all the information.

Although the media can have a negative influence on teens, it has many positive attributes. The media allows people to communicate with others who are thousands of miles away. It also gives people a way to stay connected to the rest of the world, and helps information spread. Without it people would not be able to know about what was going on in the country, or anywhere else, but people need to be extremely careful about what and who they believe when listening to the radio, watching television, or using the internet, because if you aren’t then you could be easily tricked into believing something that was falsely reported, or is a total lie. Parents need to monitor what their children watch and make sure that they know what the truth about things are so that they know the difference between stories that are lies, and stories that are the truth.