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Can Violence on Television Cause Aggressive Behavior? Television can be a powerful influence

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Staci Brooks Can Violence on Television Cause Aggressive Behavior? Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior; The violence that children are constantly subjected to on television can have very harmful affects if not monitored carefully. More and more often parents are using television as a means of entertaining their children when they are unable to, and the amount of television that children are watching is a growing concern in our society. While a large part of the concern is the quantity of television that young people are viewing, a more pressing issue is the quality that is offered to them. While cartoons may seem to be harmless and humorous, that is not always the case. A good portion of the violence that is on television is captured in Saturday morning cartoons, when children are most likely to be captivated by them. This proves to be highly dangerous with young minds because some children at tender ages are unable to understand or grasp the concept of reality versus fantasy. This leaves children at risk of understanding cartoons to be real life and 'copy catting' their heroes, that were praised for their actions. As society begins to realize the full impact of violence on television for young children they are starting to work towards making parents more aware of what their child is viewing while they are out of the room. ...read more.


However to children cartoons are a way of life and can teach them a great deal about the real world that they have yet to discover. The content of the violence in children's programs can actually be more destructive because it is targeted at children. Cartoons are found to rarely demonstrate any negative consequences of violence, and often the violence is displayed as humorous. (number two) This gives children their first outlook into what the real world is like and can often shape the values that they will begin to use in their daily experiences. If people stopped to take a real look into the violence that is portrayed on television they would be astounded at the amount and the context of it. Not only are heroes rewarded for the death of the villain, but violence is often showed as the answer to solving problems. So it is not hard to see why many children are found to resort to these measures when confronted with a 'bad guy', or a problem that can be changed by using tactics learned from their favourite programs. It is hard to know what a child is going to be subjected to when they turn on their television set, especially when many of the programs that contain the most violence are aimed at their age group as the prime audience. ...read more.


There are many ways that a parent or a legal guardian can put a stop to this problem without eliminating all of the violence that children's programs hold. The most important thing that they can do for their children is to monitor what they are watching at all times, and make sure that they understand what is going on in the program and that it is suitable for their age group or maturity level. Sometimes it may be necessary to ban certain programs from the screen because young children are too impressionable for them, where as other times it may take some simple explaining to help the child understand that what they are seeing is not real. The key is for parents to take an interest in their children's viewing habits and to sit down and discuss what they are watching and the implications of what they are seeing as well as monitoring the amount of time that they are spending in front of the television set. Without proper control, the television can be a very powerful and very suggestive and dangerous mode of information. The violence that children are constantly subjected to on television can have very harmful effects if not monitored carefully. What kind of world would we live in we all solved our problems by pulling out a sword and fighting to the death, or kicking our opponents until eventually they disappeared into a cloud of dust? ...read more.

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