Children’s vulnerability poses as the main problem due to desensitization. Psychologists’ studies report that children become immune to television violence and adopt the behavior as a way of problem solving. Other people argue and say that television can not be blamed for the increase of violence among our society. They believe the increase comes from a lack of discipline and the large amounts of violence children view in their environments. Others feel that a large number of parents use television as a babysitter and do not spend enough quality time with their children.
Parents need to keep children away from excessive media violence and teach them alternatives to violence. Parents need to help children distinguish the difference between reality and fantasy. Parents can set limits on the amount of time a child spends with the television. Parents need to renounce negative behavior to their child by showing the child alternative ways to resolve a problem. Even though violence has been a staple of our media environment, it is important to speak out when violent presentations are aired in the presence of children.
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.
The basic reason is because violence is what people want to see. Much of the American viewing audience, and especially children, will watch the shows with more action before they even think about watching the morally correct ones. Another reason is that some broadcasters claim that there is not enough evidence to prove that TV violence is harmful. But, scientists who have studied this aspect have stated that TV violence and aggressive behavior are linked. 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."
We need to understand that the exposure at such young age alter our values and norms. Children thinks violence is the normal thing. However, we need to prevent this from ongoing situations by taking control of the television in our households. When children or teenagers watch their favorite actors in TV shows or movies, actors use violence as solution. It changes symbolically.
(Medved, et. al. 243) Seeing the violence, hearing about it, watching news reports about violent acts committed by real people, especially other children, affects the viewer negatively. Children can not relate to what they see when they are so young, making the act of watching violent television extremely questionable. Children should not know about murder and rape; however according to Gloria Tristani, Commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission, by the time they finish elementary school, children have witnessed 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence.
Children learn that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems from television. Television teaches children that the pain and suffering of others isn’t real. Maybe one day television can be used to make children’s lives better. The opportunity is certainly there. Until then, be aware that television does more harm than good for children.
is television, children ultimately have the short end of the stick. Television depicts violence Why do we see so much violence? Children who are exposed to violence become desensitized. The are tend either participate or accept violent acts. They are tolerant The question is what can parents do to prevent this from becoming the new norm.
After researching what was causing these youngsters to act so violently, Ms. Kalin came to the conclusion that television programs served as a springboard for violent and aggressive behavior(Kalin). This is very understandable considering how many violent television shows are airing during the times that children watch TV. “Approximately ninety percent of the time, children watch programs which are not specifically designed for them at all”(Kalin). Ms. Kalin decided... ... middle of paper ... ... and more intense, but it is up to the parent to monitor what their child is watching. I do agree that violent television shows promote violence in kids, but I also think that parents are responsible for their children’s actions.
If parents do not monitor what their children are watching, then the media will have a great impact on their children’s life. Most people when analyzing this issue tend to focus on drugs, sex, and violence in terms of the television media. How ridiculous though, it would be to forcibly say that television is the sole cause of changing behavior and attitudes in children. More apropos it would be to ascertain which types of imagery, programs, and activities are more likely to alter a child’s behavior and determine which of these appear on television. “A recent study at UCLA reported on the percentages of unrealistic outcomes displayed on TV shows.