Television Violence and Children

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Television Violence and Children Thanks to the miracle of television the average American child watches 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school (Early Concerns 113). Television violence is responsible for the increase in childhood violence. Watching violence is a popular form of entertainment, and watching it on television is the number one way that children are exposed to violence. Local news shows provide extensive converage of violent crimes in order to increase their ratings (Felson 96). Violence usually refers to physical aggression and aggression is usually defined as any behavior involving intent to harm another person (Sege 34). Television is a central feature of contemporary American life. American children spend more time watching television than they do in school. In 1989, the average child in the United States spent more time watching television than performing any other activity, except sleeping. In 1989 The Nielson Report on Television commented that children age 2 to 5 viewed approximately 27 hours of television per week. Children 6 to 11 years of age viewed more than 23 hours of television per week, and adolescents between 12 to 17 years of age viewed 22 hours of television per week (Sege 32). During the past several decades, violent programs have been steadily increasing in numbers on television screens. Many believe that there could be the possibility that a direct relationship exists between the violence witnessed on television and the increasingly violent behavior of children and adolescents (Palermo 23). Coming at a time when the homicide rate is rising six times faster than the population it is theorized that television violence does cau... ... middle of paper ... ... Bibliography: WORKS CITED Early Concerns. "TV Violence." The CQ Researcher: 3:12. 26 March 1993: 112-115. Felson, Richard B. "Mass Media Effects On Violent Behavior." Annual Review of Sociology 22 (1996): 96. Johnson, Merrily O. "Television Violence and Its Effect On Children." Journal Of Pediatric Nursing. 11.2. (1996): 18. Palermo, George B. "Adolescent Criminal Behavior: Is TV Violence One Of The Culprits?" International Journal of Offender Therapy & Comparative Criminology. 39.1 (Spring 1995):23. Sege, Roberts; Dietz, William. "Television Viewing and Violence in Children." The Pediatrician As Agent Pediatrics Journal 94.4(Oct. 1994):33-35.
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