I would like toresearch more about the arguments suggesting that exposure to televisionviolence has a significant negative effect on children. In depth research onthis topic will benefit myself, as a first time mom, and other parentsstruggling to occupy their children’s time.
I assume that the underlyingproblems of this issue will not be resolved within a single research method.This topic will need to have a survey used measuring the behaviors of childrenexposed to violent television versus those children who weren’t. In my opinion,I believe that the research will reveal that violent television does effectchildren’s behavior to some extent.
Recentattention in the media relating violence and children has created muchcontroversy and debate. Our society has brought much focus on violence in themedia and how it has effected children of all ages and races. High schoolshootings and increasing crime in small towns all over the country has broughtforth the question of whether or not children are exposed or desensitized totoo much violence in television, movies, news, and other sources. Manypeople feel this violence is causing children to kill children and good townsgo bad. Many people are also wondering if this violence could be a matter ofsurvival for our society or if it has to do with the way parents are raisingtheir children. However, this topic has not become an item for debate until itbegan to happen in white upper and middle-class parts of the United States.Many of these factors have been argued through legislature and generally insociety since it has begun to plague our nation the past few years. Television can be a powerful influence on a child’sbehavior.
Although research has shown that television is not invariably bad forchildren, it has also shown that television can, and does, influence childrento some extent (Gunter, Harrison, & Wykes, 2003). In today’s society,parents allow their children to watch as much as four hours or more oftelevision at a time to keep them occupied. However, most of today’s televisionshows portray destruction and violence of some kind. We are aware that for themost part, children learn from experience, social learning, and role modelingof what their surrounded by on a daily basis. When children see violence ontelevision, it becomes harder for them to understand what is right or wrong,and good or bad.
In Britain, the links made during the trial between thekilling of 2-year-old James Bulger in 1993 and alleged viewing by his 10-yearold killers of the video Child’s Play 3 isoften cited as an example of how children growing up in “violent video culture”can become violent themselves (Barker & Petley, 1997). Children whom areexposed to several hours of violent television usually act out in class and aremore likely to become the class bully. Therefore, they seem to demonstrate asense of being impatient and unwilling to cooperate.
Theviolence shown on television has a surprisingly negative effect. Televisionviolence causes children and teenagers to become less caring, to lose theirinhibitions, to become less sensitive, and also may cause violent andaggressive behavior. Television violence causes children and teenagers to beless caring, to lose their inhibitions, and to be less sensitive. Televisionviolence causes children and teenagers to become less caring, to lose theirinhibitions, to become less sensitive, and also may cause violent andaggressive behavior. Television violence has been around for a very long timeand this violence that is shown on television must be stopped. Parents shouldtake action in their communities to bring about the lessening of televisionviolence by writing a letter to their cable company, starting a petition, andby limiting the television programs their children view. Lately, recent crimeincreases in white upper and middle-class parts of our nation have broughtfocus to this media violence problem. Many people have stereotyped urban areasas criminally prosperous areas and have only focused on this problem when itbegan to happen in the areas of our nation where things were supposed to have alower crime rate.
Small towns in our country are beginning to have an increasein crime and many people believe it is due to the violence in the media. Theshows that they watch and music they listen to, people are saying, causes themto act out the violence in school shootings and other violent acts such asvandalism and racism.