The Effects of Television Violence on Children Essay
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Violence on television has been progressing since television's invention in early 1927. Now that it's the 21st century, violence in the media is considered one of the most critical issues in the mass media. Whether or not the media is responsible for the effects television violence has on young children is heavily debated. Should the media be more conservative when it comes to violence for the sake of better upbringing? Should the parents be responsible for allowing the child to be affected by the violence that's available to them on the screen? Does violence on television even make an impact to the physical and mental growth process of a child? In addition to others, all of these answers could potentially lead to solving this critical…show more content…
Also, children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than those who are not so exposed. (The Associated Press) The 2003 March issue of Developmental Psychology, released by the American Psychological Association, had a different focus on the violence/children relation. They pin-pointed the major issue is that children view the violent television shows, and easily identify themselves with same-sex television characters. The young children's perception allows them to feel that television violence is realistic and acceptable. Violent scenes that children are most often to replicate are the ones when the perpetrator of the violence is rewarded for the violence. (The Associated Press) A study done during 1977 surveyed 557 children, ages 6-10, on which violent shows they viewed most, whether or not they identified themselves with the violent characters, and whether they thought the violent situations were realistic. A current study re-surveyed 329 of the original boys and girls from the 1977 study. They were asked about their favorite television programs now as adults and also about their aggressive behaviors. The participant's spouses or friends were also interviewed and asked to rate the participant's aggressive behavior. Researchers also obtained the participant's criminal conviction records and moving traffic violations. Their results showed that men who were high
Television Violence And Its Impact On Children
The children of America spend their time on many different activities. One of the most time consuming activities is watching television. Television plays a large role in the social and emotional development of children today. One good quality that television has is that it conveys information and happenings around the world that they may not otherwise know about, but some people have been questioning whether television does more harm than good. Many have been analyzing what affect violence in adult shows as well as children's shows may have on children.
Most parents allow their children to watch so called "kid's shows" without even thinking about what might be contained within them. How many times has a certain hunter been seen hunting a certain "wascally wabbit"? Most people would say "how can a cartoon about a man hunting affect a child?" At first it may seem that it has no effect, but, looking closer, it is easy to see that Bugs
Bunny has many human traits. Two of these traits are speaking English and walking upright. Something else that adds to this is that sometimes children cannot make the distinction between fantasy and reality. Quickly a cartoon about a man hunting a rabbit can turn into a story of murder. Another cartoon character that may harm children is Yosemite Sam. When he becomes angry, he begins to fire his pair of guns into the air and at other characters. This could cause children to act violently to appease their anger. This includes hitting and throwing things. This is an extreme view of the situation, but whom
Is to say that at least part of it is not true?
Children see violence everyday in their cartoons, but what about shows that they watch in which people star. These shows will more than likely cause more violence than cartoons would. While watching a show such as "
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