The Effects of Television Violence on Children Essay

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Thesis Statement: Unsupervised children who watch violence on television exhibit violence in their everyday lives and develop into aggressive adults.

“Research shows that television violence increases levels of aggression, fear, and desensitization among some who consume it”
(Hamilton). This quotation by James Hamilton briefly summarizes the potentially negative effects of television on young minds. A child’s favorite television show can keep a child occupied while the mother prepares dinner or makes a quick trip to the store. However, leaving a child alone to watch whatever show is on can be dangerous to the child in the long run. With the amount of violence on television, parents should not allow the television to
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Since children’s programs account for nearly ten percent more television violence than the violence portrayed on other shows, more and more children are seeing their heroes commit acts of violence (Hepburn). Therefore more and more children are getting the message that violence is acceptable.
Violence on television is made to look socially acceptable by being portrayed as comical. On television today, over a third of the programs present violence as humorous and tend to trivialize the brutality (Hepburn).
Jokes are not meant to be taken seriously. Therefore, when hitting someone with a baseball bat is made to look like a big joke, children will think that
“jokes” like that are acceptable. In the real world, however, “jokes” like that have consequences. Unfortunately, television does not portray real-life consequences for violence.
The violence portrayed on television is committed without consequences to the offenders:
When 2,693 cable television shows were studied over a
20-week period, a number of answers appeared: Perpetrators of violence were unpunished in 73% of all violent incidents. When violence is unpunished the message is that violence is an acceptable way of resolving problems. (Tischler 104)
The results of the study show how children are receiving a message that
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