Media Violence

1142 Words Apr 22nd, 2002 5 Pages
"It has been calculated that American kids see about 200,000 acts of violence and 25,000 murders on television by the time they reach age eighteen." (Schleifer 18) Arrests of people under the age of eighteen for violent crimes rose forty-seven percent from 1988 to 1992. (Miller 174) The American Medical Association conducted a study that found a direct relationship between viewing and homicide. (Miller 176) Does this kind of overexposure to violence have a significant effect on children and teenagers? The answer is yes! Many reliable sources have proven that violence in the media has a negative influence in children under the age of eighteen. Statistics show that deaths and arrests involving children due to violence committed by other …show more content…
This is especially true when it come to cartoon violence because the consequences to the victims are rarely shown. (acc.jc.edu/north/masscomm/cartoon/html) Very young children, especially, and some teenagers have trouble distinguishing fact from fantasy. One teenager gang member wounded in a shoot out was amazed at how much the gun shoot hurt. "After all, on television, people who get shot never show pain!" (Schleifer 18) " I didn't know it would hurt him, said an eight year old boy after he was arrested for beating his next door-neighbor." (Kreiner 27) Statistics even show that the media also affects the number of crimes committed by children and murders of children by other children. In 1993, 28 New York youth faced murder charges. On a national scale, arrests for homicide among juveniles went up 93 percent from 1988 to 1992. A 1994 study by Parade magazine showed that 12

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