America 's Baby Sitter, An Accurate Name

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America’s Baby-Sitter “America’s Baby-sitter,” an accurate name given to children’s cartoons. Often times when parents are busy tending to household chores, or even just looking for a little “me time,” they place their children in front of the television with their favorite humorously violent cartoon. Though it may seem harmless, the increase in violence in cartoons has led to more aggressive behavior in young children today. If parents really knew how much of an influence these cartoons had on their children, they may start looking for a new baby-sitter. Psychologists and researchers have conducted many studies to prove that the violence within children’s cartoons correlates with the level of aggressiveness within children.…show more content…
A study indicates that what the children see on television is something that becomes imbedded within them, “…when a child sees violence used as a means to solve a problem (in cartoons), this lesson becomes hard-wired in the central nervous system,” (Drinka, 2013). Based on the information provided we can conclude that with this much of an impact on children internally, it can be very hard to change their way of thinking later on in life. The information obtained from these cartoons causes children to not just become aggressive in their childhood years but also the years that follow. It has been proven that “…violence in media can be a contributing factor to criminal acts and aggression toward others.” (NoBullying.com, 2014). According to an older study published in 2002, children who watch violence on television are more likely to commit serious crimes as adults. Columbia University Professor Jeffery Johnson reported that children who watched harsh TV shows were 60% more likely to take part in assaults and fights as they got older (Hermes, 2014). “Research on violent television and films…reveals unequivocal evidence that media violence increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior in both immediate and long-term contexts” (Anderson, Berkowits, & Donnerstein, 2003). Accompanying the aggressive behavior, is the inability to interact in social environments. This
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