The Effects Of Television Violence On Children

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Television has become one of the most, if not the most, used form of entertainment for all ages. Every TV show has some kind of age limit whether it’s rated G or R, it’s not always easy for parents to moderate what their children are watching. Young children are very moldable, not only by the people around them, but what is on TV. I have conducted an experiment to see how much violence and aggression are in everyday television shows that children are likely to watch. I have watched three different half hour TV shows, tallying the amount of aggressive, and prosocial behaviors that occur on the shows. The first show watched was a typical Saturday morning TV show, SpongeBob. The second show watched is a prosocial TV program, Sesame Street. The third show watched is an adult cartoon, Family Guy, which is meant for adults but a high population of children are the audience. The independent variable of this experiment is the different levels of each show’s aggression or prosocial behaviors. The dependent variable is the aggression or prosocial level of the TV show, since I have no child to study for this project. This experiment very much relates to another experiment called the Bobo Doll experiment. Children in the experiment are from ages 3-6 are either shown an aggressive video of the Bobo doll beaten, or a video with nothing aggressive. The results showed that the majority of children who were shown the aggression video imitated the same actions and more to the Bobo doll. The
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