Television Violence's Effects on Children Most people read statistics like “Before the average American child leaves elementary school, he or she will have witnessed more than 8,000 murders on television” ( “Does T.V. Kill?” ), and worry about the negative effect viewing violence on television will have on their children. Research into the effects of childhood exposure to violent television programming shows that there is cause for concern. Watching violence on television does have a negative effect on the way children see the world and the way they behave towards others. Researchers have discovered that repeated exposure to violence on television causes children to become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
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.
Countless mothers and fathers put their children in front of the television so they can have time to themselves. As a result, the kids are subjected to unnecessary media violence. I feel as thought this violence has a great effect on the children’s lives. The impact of television violence on youth behavior has been an issue for many years. Television stations and their executives tend to deny television’s contribution to youth violence.
Violence on television can be harmful in more ways than one. On the one hand, kids will imitate what they watch, but kids are also very easily brainwashed. Children may get a false impression of what the world is really like. If all the children see is violence on television, then, of course, the children will be a little apprehensive about the world. All of the violence could also m... ... middle of paper ... ...e lack of exercise shows for children.
The kids said gossip and bullying. The survey showed that those kids who exhibited the highest bullying behavior also watched violence on TV, fought, misbehaved at home as well as in the community, and were disciplined forcefully by their parents. The bullies had fewer adult role models and less contact with adults. Also, not possessing the social skills for coping with co... ... middle of paper ... ...ne. proquest.umi.com.
Young children learn through imitation; one venue by which they gain examples to imitate is television. Thus exposure to excessive television violence has negative effects on the young people who view it. The American Psychological Association claims that if children watch two to four hours of television daily, they will have been witnesses to 8,000 murders and more than 100,000 other acts of violence by the time they finish elementary school. After more than thirty years of extensive research, it has been proven that television violence is harmful to children's health and welfare. It causes children to fear the world around them, become numb to the violence in the world, accept violence as a normal response to conflict, or act aggressively.
Violent media can also lead children to have a lack of sensitivity toward others who are in pain. However the most common and well known effect of violent media on children is the increased aggression and harmful behavior toward themselves and others. Younger children who are exposed to violent television shows or movies can often become confused and end up fearing the world around them. “Before age 4, children are unable to distinguish between fact and fantasy and may view violence as an ordinary occurrence” (Beresin, Eugene). When children are age four and younger are exposed to violence in the media it is the same as if they witnessed it in real life.
Many parents state that acts of violence are committed by many teens today due to them watching too much violence on television. Take for example Beavis and Butthead. Several years ago a child set fire to his home after watching this particular episode. Another child that was watching this show saw Beavis and Butthead stab a person in the eye wiht a pencil, needless to say the child committed the same act of violence. The V Chip is a new invention that enables parents to edit what their children watch.
A good portion of the violence that is on television is captured in Saturday morning cartoons, when children are most likely to be captivated by them. This proves to be highly dangerous with young minds because some children at tender ages are unable to understand or grasp the concept of reality versus fantasy. This leaves children at risk of understanding cartoons to be real life and 'copy catting' their heroes, that were praised for their actions. As society begins to realize the full impact of violence on television for young children they are starting to work towards making parents more aware of what their child is viewing while they are out of the room. Because every child and every household is different it is difficult to measure how a single child will be impacted, by viewing excessive violence on the screen.
In a Children Now Executive Summary, only one of many studies on the issue, experts agreed, among other relevant topics, "that television can have a negative effect on children, encouraging anti-social behavior such as dishonesty or violence." (Heintz-Knowles 2) This study as well as many others show that the violence is there. Another factor that points to children's television being too violent is the aggressive behavior that it is bringing out in the children that are watching it. During the average four hours a day that children watch television, They witness an average of 20 violent acts per hour. That is about 80 violent acts per day and, "Children who watch the violent shows, even 'just funny' cartoons, were more likely to hit out at their playmates, argue, disobey class rules, leave tasks unfinished, and were less willing to wait for things than those who watched the nonv... ... middle of paper ... ...use of the difficulties that said information places on already mentally trying ideas.