Others feel that a large number of parents use television as a babysitter and do not spend enough quality time with their children. Children then begin to learn negative behavioral manners and begin idolizing inappropriate characters. ? I am uncertain about this issue and its effects on the way children behave. Is television teaching children violent behavior and leading them to become violent adults?
Fortunately, government officials and television networks have taken steps to limit the amount of violence on TV. They too have recognized the direct link between television viewing and violence. In this paper I’m going to go ... ... middle of paper ... ...eased levels of violence on television they develop sort of a mean world syndrome. This leads the children to perceive the world as much more cruel and sinister than it really is. Many children might grow up being afraid of the world because of the violence that they see in the many hours that they spend watching television.
The media has an enormous impact on children and this can lead to increased violence and dependency in the future. The media is a powerful socializing agent that can be very harmful. The television is different from most socializing agents, as you can’t interact with it and you have no say over the message that be being delivered. Children can’t differentiate fantasy from reality, which means they can’t differentiate TV violence from real violence. 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?
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.
Children and Television Violence Through what they experience on television, children are forced into adulthood at too young of an age. The innocence of youth is lost when children stare endlessly at a screen displaying the horrors of murder, rape, assault, devastating fire, and other natural disasters. Although these are occurrences in everyday life, things adults have grown accustomed to hearing about, children do not have the maturity level to deal with these tragedies appropriately. Children's behavior changes because they become desensitized to the violence. There are many preventative techniques that can be applied to ensure that negativity on television will not interfere with a child's development.
Violent Consequences of Television One of the most compelling problems I have found is that there is too much violence shown in television shows. As a father it is my responsibility to censor and educate my children on the positive and negative aspects of watching certain television shows. I believe the censorship must take place at an early age in life in order to create a firm foundation for them to grow. In my opinion, too much violence on television can influence children to grow up and to commit crimes. This is a subject now in debate between the television industry, the government and the television viewing public.
However, how would this revamping of ratings occur? This seems overly ambitious and hard to achieve. “Violence and Suffering in Television News: Toward a Broader Conception of Harmful Television Content for Children” and “Report of the Media Violence Commission” both showed the possible effects violence has on children and adults alike. Children react emotionally and imitatively to violence on television news, and adults react aggressively to being frequently exposed to violence. The effects of violence can vary from person to person; there will be no certain way a person will behave based on what they see, because every person is different.
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.
Consequently, the kids may watch what they want and a lot of the times they are exposed to unnecessary violence. I believe that this is a major problem and has a great effect on the children and eventually can affect their lives. The effect of violence in television and the effect of violent behavior is cause by video games in children. Most television channels try to protect themselves and deny their involvement in childhood violence. Sadly, there seems to be a correlation between the two and this may be one of the reasons why there is so much shocking violence in America.
"Television violence affects children of all ages, all socio-economic levels, and all levels of intelligence" (Eron 1992). Not only has the number of television shows increased, but also the amount of violence within television shows. Television can be a powerful influence in developing values systems, morals and also in shaping one's behavior. Unfortunately, much of today' s television programming is violent. Numerous studies indicating the effects of TV violence on children and teenagers have found that young people are becoming desensitized to the real world often learning aggressive behaviors by imitating the violence they observe on television, and sometimes identifying with certain characters, victims or victimizers.