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.
Censorship of TV Violence Not Necessary Censorship of televised media often begins as a result of the concern many adults show over what their children watch. Children begin watching television at an early age, and they are usually lifetime viewers by the time they are two to three years old. There is usually a steady increase in the amount of television watched during a persons' childhood. This is followed by a decline during adolescence. What is more of a concern to the American people, however, is the amount of violence depicted on the television 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.
In real life you won’t be going around betting people up with out getting into trouble as well. It’s not like the kids won’t see so act of violence on TV for there is 50-60 times more violent commercial TV for the children then for the adult’s prime-time programs. Do you try to stop that by putting up parental controls on your TV? If you do that you have the protection on your TV but what about the TVs at their friend’s houses? “The typical American child watches 28 hours of television a week, and by the age of 18 will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence.” With all of that violence on TV there is a good chance of a child thinking that violence is the answer to all their questions.
Parents should be more aware of these television shows and limit the viewing from the children. Children and adolescents that have watched television shows containing violence are more likely to ... ... middle of paper ... ...09&VName=PQD Herr, N. (2007). Television & Health . Retrieved from California State Univeristy, Northridge: http://www.csun.edu/science/health/docs/tv&health.html Kid, R. S. (2011, January 15). The Good and Bad Effects of TV on Your Kid.
Many times the opinions and attitudes shown on TV are very harmful to the development of children. Television is a major contributor in dispersing inappropriate material to our younger society. There is no doubt at all that television has changed the world and how we view it. With just the point and click of a button of a remote, the viewing possibilities on TV are endless. There are literally hundreds of cable channels to choose from with cartoons, sitcoms, dramas, news, reality shows and music videos filling the airwaves.
Media Violence Psychological research has shown three major effects of seeing violence on television. The three major effects that many parents world wide fear are children may become More aggressive and behave in harmful or hazardous to others. Be less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, and children may be more fearful of the world around them. Violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch those programs. Children begin watching television at an early age, sometimes as early as six months, and are ardent viewers by the time they are two or three years old.
This paper will also provide some important factors that adults should know about media images and video game violence. It has been researched that media images and video games can be harmful and damaging to children’s minds. Most children watch 21-23 hours of television per week (Media Violence 1). Within the 21-23 hours of watching TV a week children are looking at 3-5 violent acts per hour (Media Violence 1). “By the age of 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts of violence on television alone” (American Academy).
They also state that children will be exposed to 200,000 acts of violence on television before they are 18. This study was conducted on children’s cartoons, not on regular programming . These numbers are staggering. Because our children spend so much time watching television, they are more likely to have incre... ... middle of paper ... ...m with good role models, love, and show them positive behavior by our actions. We also need to teach them to stand up against violence, but in a peaceful way.