Exposure to Violent TV Causes Aggressive Behavior in Children

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Exposure to Violent Television Causes Aggressive Behavior in Children

Abstract: Studies of the aggressiveness in children in relation to the amount of violent television viewed were examined. The results are discussed and a potential solution is proposed which assigns responsibility for the control of television viewing and its effects to parents and children.

Television is the most powerful medium the world has ever seen. Never before has it been possible to communicate and so strongly influence millions of people at the same moment right in their own homes. But its misuse has been felonious, and society is paying an increasing price (Langone, 1984).

Almost weekly the press carries some story about the harmful effects of
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The on-off switch is the ultimate defense, and parents wield it (Mortimer, 1994). Parents do have a duty to protect their children from the effects of violent television (Zuckerman, 1993), and one way that parents protect their children is to teach them such moral values as honesty, courage, and self-control (Browden, 1995). However, because the children are directly involved in this problem, and are the ones who are watching and being affected by the violent television they are viewing, They need to participate in the effort to resolve this issue. Parents cant do it all by themselves; especially in these days of single-parent and two-career families, parents just cant be with their children all of the time (Mortimer, 1994).

The questions that are to be addressed in this paper are the following: What is considered violent television? What are the effects of violent television on children? Who is responsible for the effects on children? How can we begin to resolve the issue of the effects of violent television on children?

Several definitions of violent behavior in relation to the media have been put forth. A violence index compiled for cable television programs defines it as "a clear-cut and overt episode of physical violence--hurting or killing or the threat of hurting and/or killingin any context."
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