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“Young are trained to kill; violence in the media”. To what extent is it possible to talk about the effects of violence in the media. Examine why violent acts are on the increase and impact of the media on the youth today.

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"Young are trained to kill; violence in the media". To what extent is it possible to talk about the effects of violence in the media. Examine why violent acts are on the increase and impact of the media on the youth today. In todays society we are constantly suggesting what effects the media has on the young. With cases such as Jamie Bulger how can we truly identify the consequences which violence in mediums such as TV can cause. Watching television is such a high frequency event for children and violence is portrayed on television as occurring much more frequently than it is encountered in everyday life. I therefore believe that television is the most relevant medium to discuss. Research has given us some important information on how children of different ages respond to television and what they are capable of learning from this medium. Television viewing time rises from about 2 1/2 hours per day at the age of five to about four hours a day at age twelve. ...read more.

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Children who were more aggressive generally had more aggressive parents who were more dissatisfied with them and punished them more severely. Another study however found that in both children who were high on aggression and children who were low on aggression before the introduction of television became more aggressive after television was introduced. I think also that televised violence can change the attitudes that individuals hold about the world, resulting in perceptions that violence is more common or more acceptable than it actually is. I think that children who watch a violent film tolerate more extreme aggressive behaviour in other children before calling in an adult for help with the situation than children who had seen an exciting but nonviolent film or no film at all. More accepting attitudes towards aggressive behaviour may subsequently prevent the child from inhibiting his or her own aggression. Thus, to the extent that viewing violence on television creates an unrealistic world view and value system for the child in terms of what constitutes acceptable behaviour, the child may behave in a manner which is inappropriate in real life settings. ...read more.

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I think it is likely that parents who do not check on or effectively control their children's activities will both have children who have more opportunities to watch more violent television and children who can engage in and experience few negative consequences for aggressive behaviour. Therefore parental monitoring and ineffective discipline may be critically important variables in determining the link between viewing of violent content and aggression in children, while exposure to violence on television may constitute only one of several pathways through which the influence of parental characteristics affects aggression in children. In conclusion for some children, under some conditions, some television is harmful. For some children under the same conditions, or for the same children under other conditions, it may be beneficial. For most children, under most conditions, most television is probably neither particularly harmful nor particularly beneficial. It does appear that exposure to televised violence does bear an important and consistent relationship to aggression. Its significance may lie partially in the fact that it identifies a discrete focus for some rather straightforward intervention approaches that are perhaps less sensitive than interventions that identify a more general focus such as global parental characteristics. ...read more.

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