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'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life'.

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'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life' Discuss whether you agree or disagree with this statement Teenagers my age are constantly being bombarded with so called 'parental warnings' and film 'certificates' which intend to provide us with guidance on what we should and should not be watching, if it be on the 'box' or at the cinema. Politicians and social campaigners try to convince us TV is bad for us, a device which "corrodes the moral fabric of society and corrupts our children with relentless images of violence". Is this a fair and accurate statement? Or merely an unfair and harsh account of what TV provides us with. My answer is NO, there is a lack of research, which indicates that TV violence encourages anti social behaviour I myself, spend most of my day glued to the 'box' as well as 52% of children aged 5-17 who have a TV in their room. ...read more.

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This is where I believe the role of the parent should be more prominent. I believe that content on TV cannot just cater for children and teenagers but for adults as well which is why such programs are shown later at night. I believe it is the parent's responsibility to be able to control what their children watch and politicians should be less forceful in blaming TV on a whole. Though I believe I have clearly shown television does not constantly corrupt the airwaves with relentless images of violence, can certain programmes cause us to become violent? I can again confidently say that the answer is NO. A unique study carried out around 1995 suggests that programmes do not affect our behaviour. The study was published in the Observer on Sunday 29th of October 2000 and therefore implies it is a reliable source of information. ...read more.

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The results Clearly showed that television does not influence children's behaviour in a violent manner. The results were entirely constant over the period of time, which the experiment was carried out. This study clearly backs up my argument, and also draws an important conclusion. A group of older students were asked the question why they found it hard to commit anti social acts on the island as and replied that "everyone on the island watches and knows you and you have to behave" As u can see it is extremely clear that family and the society in which he lives in proved to be more effective in influencing the Childs behaviour rather than watching violence on TV. This is the overall message, which I have tried to convey during this argument. If the government wants to see a reduction in violent crimes they should concentrate less in making television a 'scapegoat' and realise it is not responsible for violence in real life. It is not Programmes but people, which affect our behaviour. GCSE Coursework - non fiction ...read more.

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