Cause Of Media Violence

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Is your child more violent, or more aggressive than usual? Do they imitate a lot of the things they see on TV? If so, you most likely would want to continue on reading. If not, you should still continue reading just in case it happens later in life. In October of 1993, a five-year-old boy killed her sister, by setting their mobile home on fire. He got this idea from watching the main characters on the TV show Beavis and Butthead experiment with pyrotechnics. Media violence is meant for entertainment, but can cause youth violence. The youngest children are the ones you need to watch out for. They are still trying to develope their own way to figure out how to distinguish something, whether its the right thing to do, or the wrong thing to do. Also, because they don’t yet know when something is reality or fantasy. A young boy that was six-years-old put on a turtle costume, similar to the ones in the popular kids TV show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He had a knife and injured his friend with it because his friend didn’t give back his toy he borrowed. If the child actually knew what he was doing, then he probably wouldn’t do it, but at that age children are still learning the way of the world. Gerbner observed children who watched 6 hours or more a day, and children who watched 3 hours or less a day. The kids who watched 6 hours or more grew up feeling the need to protect themselves by buying more guns, watchdogs, security systems, and locks, which is commonly known as the “mean world” syndrome, compared to the children who watched 3 hours or less a day. In Notel, a city in Canada, had a study that showed that “physical aggression by children increased 160%” (Chamberlin 2), 2 years after television was introduced. Joanne Cantor i... ... middle of paper ... ...ults because, they are the people that influence children the most, whether it’s for the good or bad. The adults teach them almost everything they know by the age of 6. Look at Figure 2 to see the statistics of how the different effects of television violence affects children. Television violence causes youth violence, or television violence doesn’t cause youth violence, what side are you on? I chose the side where television does cause youth violence, but not in every case. I chose this side because I experience television violence almost everyday, and I am not violent, also because I have siblings and cousins that also watch violent television, but sometimes try to imitate what they see because they think its cool. TV shows teach children lessons on how to make it on your own, but with happy cartoon characters, which portrays it a little differently to children.
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