Media Violence

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Media Violence and Children
Unit 5
Thomas Clancy – Instructor
Shirley Landram

Abstract

This purpose of this essay is to show some of the ways television can influence children. It delves into emotions that can be experience or learned from family or TV. Understanding what young ones perceive and learn at different ages can be helpful to curb the impact that television shows have on children. Many people are concerned about the effect of media violence on children. Can something be done about this problem? Education and understanding may be a help in curbing violent tendencies. Only time will tell.
Media Violence and Children This generation is being raised in a world so full of technology that often it is hard for anyone to keep track of it. As parents try to keep up with the fast-paced world, many rely on television as a babysitter. There children see violent behaviors and misconduct. Some of the programs are not good for a child since what is seen can desensitize them to abusive behavior in everyday life. Parents have an important role in helping children understand what is seen in the media.. Opting for more prosocial programs and explaining about emotions involved is something parents and caregivers can do. There have been studies done of how violence on shows affects children. It is wondered if violence on television has lasting effects. If too much violence is seen by children, they seem to become unaffected by it in later years. It teaches the child that violent and aggressive actions are the ways to solve problems. In one study, it was found that a child viewing violence at a young age could influence aggressive tendencies at a later age. (Szaflik, 2000) Some studies show media violence as a factor in rising crime rates. 65% of children surveyed indicate shows like The Simpsons and Married with Children encourage disrespect for…...

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