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Violence In Cartoons, And The Effects They Have On Our Youth.

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Violence In Cartoons, And The Effects They Have On Our Youth "In 1961, I worried that my children would not benefit much from television, but in 1991, I worry that my grandchildren will actually be harmed by it." (Jamison 3). Violence in television is a major concern facing society in this day and age. The major priority is our children and how they react to this violence in the media. The programs our children watch need to be regulated and censored. Even cartoons are becoming a bad influence on our young society. There is too much violence in media directed towards the young audiences. One prime example is cartoons. Cartoons have grown to become very violent and need to be censored and evaluated in order to preserve our youth. Many violent crimes and effects have resulted from violent media on television. It is unbelievable, how much time a child spends in front of the television. On the average, a child spends 1,680 minutes every week, watching television. They spend 38.5 minutes a week talking one on one with a parent. A child spends 30 hours a week at school, and watches 32 hours of television a week. Out of all the programs on television, 80.3 percent contain violence. Other alternatives need to made in order to direct children's minds away from television. ...read more.

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Other cartoons that caused violent activity include "Ani-maniacs" and "Looney Toons". The other group that watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was more cooperative with others, offered to help others spontaneously. Believe it, violence in cartoons is a serious matter. More than 40 percent of 8 year olds have a television in their room. Something has to be done to limit violence in cartoons and other children television programs. Another example also helps prove the violence in cartoons. A Teacher in Minneapolis named Mrs. Nierenhausen states, "I'd suspect that some of the things the kids were doing and some comments they were making were picked up from TV, but I didn't want to make judgments without watching the programs myself." (Murray 11). After she watched the programs, she said, "I'd seen kids acting out the same exact actions and saying the same words I thought were inappropriate that were on 'Beavis and Butthead'". (Murray 12). There are some cartoons that do promote learning; however, they are no longer on air. Fat Albert, Cosby Kids, and Archie. These programs came about after the Surgeon General's show of concern for violence in cartoons, which took place in the 1970's. Since then there have been educational cartoons created, but there are still more violent cartoons present than the educational programs for children. The public needs to wake up and discover new methods that allow the kids to laugh and learn at the same time, while also eliminating violence. ...read more.

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Parents can do the following in order to teach children to watch properly. First, they can limit the use of television. Second, the parents should watch television with their children. Third, don't give the television the most prominent location in the house. Don't put televisions in the children's room. Finally, the parents can provide alternative activities that are enjoyable for the youths. There are tons of web pages on the net that provide other alternatives for parents. Another method involves writing letters to your local congressman and the FCC. These letters may not seem significant; however, if a large number of parents show concern and do so, then changes will be made. Changes may place stricter rules on the FCC and other television organizations. Changes start in the home and spread to create a huge impact. Cartoons have become too violent and need to be censored for our youth. Many consequences and risks may take place if action is not taken soon. Our children represent the future. We must pull together and find and stop the violence in cartoons and make television appropriate for children. Research has shown us the results and problems that arise. In order to prevent this form happening, we must take a stand against cartoon violence. From Batman to Thundercats, everything needs to be evaluated and made suitable for children many actions can be done at home. Others will follow as parents show concern. Cartoons have become too violent and changes must be done before the situations in these cartoons become worse. ...read more.

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