We need to examine exactly what these companies are telling children and the effects these violent stories are having on the children who watch them. One of the first negative effects researchers discovered while observing children who were frequently exposed to violence on television was a lack of empathy towards other people’s pain and suffering. It was discovered that children who watched excessive amounts of violent programming were less likely to help victims of real-life violence ( Kinnear 6 ). Why does viewing violence on television have this effect on children? Children viewing acts of violence on television are essentially being trained to be spectators to violence.
At a young age a kid will envy a character on television and will have a preconceived idea that whatever the character does is acceptable. Children will also take what they see on television and try to use it in their everyday life. For example, “Children under the age of seven or eight are more likely to imitate the fighting moves they see on the screen than older kids” (“Television” 1). Kids could go along life thinking it is OK with fighting to solve problems. Violence on television can be harmful in more ways than one.
After researching what was causing these youngsters to act so violently, Ms. Kalin came to the conclusion that television programs served as a springboard for violent and aggressive behavior(Kalin). This is very understandable considering how many violent television shows are airing during the times that children watch TV. “Approximately ninety percent of the time, children watch programs which are not specifically designed for them at all”(Kalin). Ms. Kalin decided... ... middle of paper ... ... and more intense, but it is up to the parent to monitor what their child is watching. I do agree that violent television shows promote violence in kids, but I also think that parents are responsible for their children’s actions.
The Images of Society (2001) found “American researchers found out that aggressive students in school watched more television than less aggressive students” (p.240); what can this mean for the children? The children tend to want to act like their favorite character in the show (which can be aggressive), and the child would think that it is fine. The National Institute of Mental Health states that the side effects of violent television is, “child is more aggressive to others, they are fearful of the world around them and they become less sensitive to the world around them.” (2008). Children sometimes don’t even know when they are watching a violent show, but after, the children usually try to copy the negative behavior shown on the screen. Al... ... middle of paper ... ...sive because they don’t see a problem with it.
They become accustomed to this behavior, and they repeat this behavior when they become adults Children do watch a lot of television and too much can be a problem. I found that by being aware of the programs your children watch, talking to your children about the violence they see, and not using television as a babysitter can reduce the amount of influence television may inflict. Parents also need to spend time with their children and use other means of entertainment to amuse children. Parents can read, do puzzles, or find a sport that interests their child. Through my research I found television does pose as a major influence among children and does cause them demonstrate violent behavior.
In several cases teens imitated television shows and... ... middle of paper ... ...essive as those who had watched the real person use the mallet; and both were more aggressive than those who had only watched the cartoon (Research). Imitation and the increase of aggression in a person are both do to watching violent television shows and playing violent video games. Surveys show that there is a large amount of violence in today’s media. Many children and teens spend a large amount of time watching or playing violent media. Parents should take into consideration of children learning programs that do not show violent content and also buy none violent video games for their children.
There have been many big controversies over videogames but the biggest controversy is violence in video games. Many parents believe that video games will corrupt their children's minds. Thats not always true because many kids can play a game knowing the difference between reality and imagination. Children learn a lot from their parents so if parents tell the kids before they buy them a game that it is reality and that they should never do it. In recent studies by American Psychological Association (APA) and Brown University that violent video games like shooters can boost children's learning, health, and social skills (washingtonpost).
Animation is well-liked at all ages because cartoons entertain people and even educate them. However, some cartoons include negative occurrences which can influence kids poorly, that is why people need to be careful in watching animation. There was a report which is made by National Institute of Mental Health to understand the effects of violence in cartoons on children, the research resulted as children who watch animation regularly; they will not be responsive to environment, they will be frightened before they see the real world and they will be conducted more hostility (“Violence on Television: What do Children Learn? What Can Parents Do?”). These articles and the research show that this problem is effected on kids’ daily life and the problem of violence in animation can be alleviated if media and parents have restrictions on kids who watch
A larger audience brings networks more money. This all looks simple enough except for the fact that all of the viewers aren’t old enough determine fact from fiction or right from wrong. With violence in schools on the rise, the question arises: Does violent television programming influence our children and their actions? According to some psychological research, violence on television affects children negatively. The three major effects of seeing violence on television are: Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
News was reported how the teenage murderers acquired information regarding building bombs, obtaining guns, smuggling guns into the school, and proceeding to kill their classmates. A mentally unstable teenager could simply watch these news reports and write a book entitled, “How to Slay Your Classmates”. This onslaught was ridiculous and the news coverage should not have been permitted to continue for countless weeks. Society has determined three reasons on which to blame the shootings. First, the nation blamed it on television’s violent programs.