The Effects Of Media Violence On Children

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From a very early age, people are exposed to various types of media, for example books or magazines, television, song lyrics, video games, and movies. Media often portrays, aggressive action, behaviour, and violence. This content can negatively affect not only adolescents and adults, but can have an even greater effect on children even from the moment they are exposed to it. Children who are exposed to violence in the media may display aggressive and violent behaviour. Young people especially children under the age of eight this may not be able to distinguish between fantasy and reality and may be more likely to be influenced by violence in the media (American Academy of Pediatrics 1497). Young people should have limited access to the different types of media that exposes them to violence because of the negative effects such as, modelling violent behaviour, becoming desensitized to violence, accepting violent behaviour, and getting a false impression of the prevalence of violence. Children learn by modelling behaviour—observing and copying both good and bad behaviour. When they are exposed to violence in media, they are more likely to model the violent behaviour they see. This has been shown in research such as in the classic Bobo Doll Experiment (Bandura, 1961). In this experiment researchers physically and verbally abused an inflatable doll in front of preschool-age children, and the children later imitated the abusive behaviours against the dolls (Nolen). Further
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