50). Overall, media violence effects on children has many negative consequences such as attention problems, aggression, impulsiveness and the fear of the world. Media violence is considered as social problem. Parents should be more aware of dangerous effects on their children from media violence. Children are more likely to act out at the school with other children in violent act because of what they learned from media.
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. This does not only have an effect on children, but also on the adults and the elderly. Adults and elderly people are becoming more and more afraid for their lives as violence in our culture increases. They are not used to these high levels of violence like is seen every day now. They are still adjusting to the fact that television has much more violence than it has ever had before.
The issue of television violence and its influence on children’s behavior troubles me. Television violence seems to be becoming abundant and violence seems to be increasing. This may be a dangerous form of entertainment, especially when young children become involved. The majority of television programs viewed by children contain large amounts of violence and inappropriate material. Children’s vulnerability poses as the main problem due to desensitization.
Since the birth of television, crime has skyrocketed, students now fear to live in America, and schools have turned into war zones with school shoots occurring more than often. This has become more overwhelming evidence that excessive violence on television causes more violence in not only children but adults too. Ninety-five percent of the time, society will willingly watch a show designed for them, and will intimate someone on television as reality, as to imitating a live person. In 1950, ten percent of American homes had television, and by 1960, the number had increased to ninety percent. Today ninety-nine percent of all American homes have a television; in fact more families own a television than a phone.
When did teaching kids to kill become associated with a person's first amendment rights? In the wake of school shootings and concealed weapons being carried by students, many government agencies have begun to study the effects of violence on television as a prominent variable in childhood and adolescent aggressiveness. The prevalence of violence in television is rampant. It is as addictive as a drug to the children and adolescents, and is accomplishing two extreme reactions: a desensitization towards pain and suffering in the world, and instilling fear of the world as a dark, cold place. Although violence in all media has become a prominent issue, the focus has mainly been on television because it has had the most influence on the youth of the nation over the past 50 years.
Violence is everywhere on television, and media has become a part of our daily lives. It is difficult to avoid the exposure to violent media. The violent scenes harshly affected children’s innocent minds. Children imitate what they see in media. It should be a wake up call for everyone to realize that television shows and video games reinforce the development in aggressive behaviors.
The main negative effect being an increase in aggression among youth who are regularly exposed to the media and an increase in violent patterns as they mature into adulthood. If not resolved this problem of violence in the media will continue to push children, youth and adults to acts of aggression such as verbal and physical abuse and other more serious crimes. On average an American child will see 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the age of 18 through the television. Thousands of studies from the 1950s to the present day have all suggested that viewing violent acts will increase violent behavior while only less than 20 have suggested otherwise (Boyse). As our children are exposed to these 16,000 murders and 200,000 violent acts one can only conclude that aggression, crime and violence can only increase in our younger generations from being exposed to the current media.
Once thought as a great invention, television has become a major problem. Violence is a major part of today’s television shows and movies that are targeted towards our youth. Violence is increasing regularly in the television shows kids are watching: “ Fifty-seven percent of television programs contain psychologically harmful violence” (Kaufman 1). Through heavy television watching, children can encounter many violent shows that are not suited for them. This can affect a child in many ways.
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.
What is fiction and what is real? To an adolescent mind it is very hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Everyday they are exposed to violence, murder, and gore on the television. Television should be censored because it causes children to become desensitized to violence. The television has been around since the 1950’s but it wouldn’t be until the 1960’s that television violence began to become prevalent.