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Children and Violence on TV - Helen Stanford In the past twenty years, violence on TV has become more common and more acceptable in society. This generation is growing up in an increasingly cruel world - where children are exposed to violence, murders and bullying on TV. Guidelines have been put in place - but are they really enough? In this essay I shall be discussing the positive and negative effects of violence on TV and ask if legislation is the way forward for TV. Violence is shown in all types of children's programmes, from cartoons like "Tom and Jerry", to children's dramas such as "Byker Grove". Violence can take place in different forms - bullying and mugging are just some of them. Today it is becoming a way of life. Violence on TV can have quite a deep impact on children, depending on the context in which it is shown. For example, children old enough to understand that violence in cartoons is not real may not be influenced by them - unlike very young children who may imitate the violent events shown in the programme. ...read more.


It may also frighten them if they are viewing the television alone, without a parent to answer their questions. However, violence on TV does not always have a negative effect on children. Watching real life TV shows such as "Grange Hill" may help them deal with violence in a positive way, should they be faced with a similar situation like that shown in the programme. For example, the child could learn better ways of reacting (rather than using violence) should they be confronted in an argument. Violence on TV also helps children learn about the real world and current affairs. Personally, I think that while children should not be exposed to violence which is unnecessary to their learning, they also should not be completely sheltered from real life events in an attempt to protect them from the outside world. There are guidelines to make TV violence more acceptable to a young audience. The guidelines are there for two main reasons: To stop children being influenced by violence, and to censor it so that children should not have to see events that could shock or scare them. ...read more.


Personally, I do not think legislation is the way forward to lessening the amount of violence shown in children's programmes, or programmes that children are able to view. I believe this because children would not have enough knowledge of the outside world if these guidelines were to be enforced by the law. They would have no experience of dealing with situations which they may have to face in life. I do, however, think that fines should be imposed to companies that break these guidelines regularly, or to those who broadcast a particularly offensive programme before the nine o'clock watershed. Children should not be unnecessarily frightened by programmes that are intended for their audience. As long as it is made clear to children what is an acceptable way of behaving and what isn't, TV violence should have no major impact on society. Should violence increase dramatically in years to come, perhaps these guidelines should be more strictly enforced, or even backed by law. For now, programme makers should follow the guidelines with the utmost concern for the audience their programme is intended for, and take great care to ensure children are not influenced by the programmes they are broadcasting. ...read more.

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