Media violence has a strong influence on children and teenagers here in America. There are tons of media violence such as video games, televisions, music videos, and the internet. Research showed the evidence that the exposure to violent films, video games, and music is increasing the violence and aggression from teenagers and children. Children are more likely to imitate the violence from the television. The process of imitating is a social learning theory.
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.
If young children also have ready access to firearms, then the likelihood of violent behaviour, for themselves and others, increased. Objective Exposure to violence in the media, both online and offline significantly associated with higher likelihood to simultaneously report seriously violent behaviours. Compar... ... middle of paper ... ...ven after decades of extensive research, the result are still weak as there are intense arguments from both side trying to prove that media violence is one of the factor that contributes to violent behaviour in teenagers or not. The reason is because violence is a crucial constituent of numerous individuals' lives. In the youth culture it's a major factor that is resulting in an increase rate of criminal activity since society is manipulated by the imagery they are viewing, resulting in them mimicking the portrayals displayed by the 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.
This article focuses on the potential emotional effects that graphic television news stories have on children viewing them. The other article, “Report of the Media Violence Commission,” provides a more detailed look at how violence in the media impacts Americans of all ages; it shows the results of several studies that prove the effects are often negative. This article also addresses the risk factors, evidence of the effects of violent media, and ways these effects can be lessened. Walma Van Der Molen showed me that children become stressed or anxious after watching traumatic television news events; and “Report of the Media Violence Commission” showed me that being exposed to media violence in the form of television, internet or video games can increase the possibility of people becoming aggressive. I believe the media can have negative consequences on people in its portrayal of violence, but sometimes the use of violence is necessary to prove a point or to broadcast news.
How strong of a hold does the media have on children? Is violence the result of children who watch too much television or who play too many violent video games or the lack of being able to separate reality from fantasy? Are parents not paying enough attention to their children? Some say that the rise of violence in society is a symptom of no value systems and poor parental instruction. Others say, and this is backed up with factual evidence, that violence that is seen on television, in the movies and in video games is directly linked to the violence in society.
It is nearly possible to avoid violent media in today’s culture. No matter what measures parents take, their children will be exposed to violence. There are countless studies that research the correlation between violent media consumption and aggressive behavior. Most of them finding that there is a connection between the two. With the increase in violent video games, movies, and television, many believe that children are at risk of becoming violent and aggressive which could stunt their development.
When children are age four and younger are exposed to violence in the media it is the same as if they witnessed it in real life. This leads to young children fearing the world that they have to live in for unknown or irrational reasons to adults. The exposure of violent media to children is not as easily prevented as one might think. “Children’s programming, particularly cartoons, display up to 20 violent acts hourly” (Beresin, Eugene). Even watching cartoons children are getting exposed to violent behavior that, to them, directly translates to the real world.
Aggressive behavior is the first example of violence in the media. Aldridge argues that, teens who watch violent movies may behave in an aggressive way towards others for example bullying and fighting in school. This is important because there are high risks of teenage developing into aggressive behavior that may last into adulthood if they are not being supervised on what they see on TV (2010). Fearful of the world may also occur for those who watch violence television programs. According to children and television violence, teens that are being over exposed to violent on television may worry about becoming a target of violence.
Research has shown that a child will mimic the actions of others if the actions are reinforced. “Albert Bandura argued that aggression in children is influenced by the reinforcement of family members, the media, and the environment” (Bandura, 1976). Psychologists have discovered that some cartoons tend to contain violence and may cause children to demonstrate aggressive behavior. “Children who have a high degree of exposure to the media may exhibit a relatively high incidence of hostility themselves in imitation of the aggression they have witnessed.” (Berkowitz, 1962) There have been numerous violent episodes that have been determined to be copycat cases of violence on television. In situations like this, the media exposure is considered to be reinforcement of the behaviors.