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Please take a look at the second slide. The theory that I’ve decided to use is a social contract theory. Social theory always seeks to explain change in society how it develops, what factors facilitate and inhibit it, and what results from it. In 1762 Jean-Jacques Rousseau published The Social Contract, which argued that “laws are always useful to those with possessions and harmful to those who have nothing” and concluded that “the social state is advantageous to men only when all possess something and none has too much.” (Braybrooke, D., 1976)
Social contract means the view that persons’ moral and/or political obligations are dependent upon a contract or agreement among them to form the society in which they live. (Gauthier)
The problem of negative media effects on children and teenagers, the impact on their sexual education and behavior was chosen for presentation. Please take a look at the third slide, where I’ve indicated two articles that describe this issue.

The main idea of these articles is affect that media, both TV and internet have on teenagers and children sexual education, behaviors and even their health. Children learn bad sex education from the media, while they have a little control from parents.

From the point of view of social contract theory, citizens should agree on common terms and rules that regulate relations between children and media. There should be more restrictions for TV that should demonstrate certain kinds of programs only late in the evening, and more Web control. Also it should become usual for parents to check and limit the presence of media in the life of their children. Society should achieve an agreement on this issue, and main participants of this agreement will be the media, government that regulates media, parents, educational institutions, and of course children.

Boucher D., Kelly P., The Social Contract from Hobbes to Rawls Routledge, 1994. Print
Braybrooke, D., The Insoluble Problem of the Social Contract, Dialogue Vol. XV, No. 1: 3-37. 1976. Print
Gauthier, D., Moral Dealing: Contract, Ethics, and Reason, Cornell: Cornell University Press, 1990, Print
Hampton, J., Hobbes and the Social Contract Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986. , Print

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