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.
Children are more likely to act out at the school with other children in violent act because of what they learned from media. Children believe that it is the right approach to get what they desire by being aggressive. Thus, Americans are constantly exposed to violence when they turn on television and movies that are filled with shooting or other violence. Dues to majority of exposure, we change our perspectives on violence itself. We need to understand that the exposure at such young age alter our values and norms.
This expands the world of education to many who would otherwise not have it. However, this advance of technology has also allowed our children to be exposed to inappropriate programming on television. The violent content is not only on regular programs that children are allowed to view, but it is also a main theme in shows geared to young children, especially in cartoons. I asked Jean Cobb, a Child Care Provider at The Children's Center, "What type of programming has the most violent influence and why?" She said, "Cartoons have always been around but the violence hasn't been brought to our attention until recently.
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.
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.
From ages 12 and under, children try to find their identities and violence greatly appeals to them at this influential age. Violence in television does not appear with severe consequences, and this induces some youth to do violence. Although violence in television is common, youth who are being exposed to violence have difficulty identifying fantasy versus reality, showing aggressive behavior, as a result youth are becoming addicted to watching television that is messing with their sleep. It is with the help of many researchers that have proven that television affects youth in their everyday activities. In research “The notion of violence in Television fiction: Children’s interpretation” Researcher Professors Sue Aran and Miguel Rodrigo conducted research in Barcelona, Spain.
Is television teaching children violent behavior and leading them to become violent adults? When children view substantial amounts of violence, I believe the possibility of desensitization becomes probable. Does desensitizing cause children to accept violent behavior as normal and aid them to mature to be violent adults? A study done by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reported that television does increase aggressiveness in children’s behavior. The majority of violence viewed by children contains a substantial amount of unrealistic violence.
The show also has a fantasy story that appeals to children. After watching the show, a child may become bored because the reality of the television show is more interesting. The child then imitates what was seen on television. This is where the actual violence may begin. Adult shows and movies that are seen by children could have even worse effects than children's shows.
In Alabama, a nine-year-old boy received a bad report card from his teacher. He suggested sending the teacher poisoned candy as revenge as he had seen on television the night before. In California, a seven-year-old boy sprinkled ground-up glass into the lamb stew the family was to eat for dinner. These are certainly startling examples of how television can affect children. It must be pointed out that all of these situations were directly caused by children watching violent television.