Negative Effects of Digital Media on Youngsters: Case Studies from Thailand and Abroad

Authors

ผศ.ดร.วรัชญ์ ครุจิต

Published

International Journal of Media and Information Literacy

Abstract

This study analyzes the forms of digital communication that could negatively affect children and youngsters and proposes guidelines for creative usage of digital media and for the fostering of digital media literacy for children and youngsters for anyone involved.

The study found that the negative effects of digital media on youngsters could be divided into 8 categories and the total of 30 sub-categories as the following: 1. Deceptions; 2. Inappropriate Content; 3. Online Mischief; 4. Dissatisfaction caused by digital media usage; 5. Misunderstanding or being misled caused by digital media usage; 6. Unconstructive use of time; 7. Violation of laws; 8. Inappropriate behavior caused by digital media.

In the short term, there should be laws to regulate and reduce the risks of digital media usage. 2. In the long term, all relevant parties must hurry to build “media literacy” and “digital literacy” for youngsters. 3. Parents must learn and understand potential online dangers so they can give their children sound advice, and also lessening their own risks of becoming online victims themselves.

In the long term, all relevant parties, including government offices, non-profit and for-profit organizations, mass media, and academic institutes at all level must hurry to build media literacy for youngsters.

Negative Effects of Digital Media on Youngsters: Case Studies from Thailand and Abroad. โอซาก้า , 2016 IEDRC OSAKA CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS (122-127).