Television Is Destroying Today's Youth, but Don't Blame T.V., Blame the Parents.

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Ever since television was invented, it has become increasingly controversial every year since. So many programs and movies shown on television have become increasingly violent and show sexual innuendos and sexual content. If you were to turn on the six o' clock news, you would hear about the murders and the kidnappings and the rapes and all of the horrible things which happen in society, presented in a neutral manner which makes them all seem not quite so bad. Imagine how that looks to twelve year old child. Television has, since its invention, always been America's favorite source of entertainment. As society has changed, violence and sexual content have been added ever so increasingly over the years. After all, isn't that what…show more content…
Violent images on television and in movies may seem real to young children. They can be traumatized by viewing these images. Extensive viewing of television violence by children causes greater aggressiveness. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness. Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated, or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see. ("Media Violence") Children with emotional, behavioral, learning or impulse control problems may be more easily influenced by TV violence. The impact of TV violence may be immediately evident in the child's behavior or may surface years later, and young people can even be affected when the family atmosphere shows no tendency toward violence. Violence on television also affects children by: o Increasing anti-social behavior. o Increasing their fear of becoming victims. o Making them less sensitive to violence and to victims of violence. o Increasing their appetite for more violence in entertainment and in real life. o Increased tobacco usage, increased alcohol intake and younger onset of sexual activity. o Decreased attention span. o Decreased family communication. o Impaired scholastic performance. ("Media Violence") There are also many adverse effects on the physical condition of children: obesity, decreased physical activity and fitness, increased cholesterol levels and sodium intake; repetitive strain injury (video

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