Tv Violence Essay

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Williametta Hall
English Writing 302
Research Paper
December 14, 2010
The Effect of TV Violence on Children The world is changing rapidly today. TV has become the leading source on entertainment and time consuming for many people. Parents are too busy trying to provide for their children and keep a roof over their head. Some parents can do all these things and still keep a close watch on their children, but others cannot. After a hard day’s work, from one job to another, it is very easy for parents to turn on the television and let the kids watch whatever while they take a nap or relax. Sometimes, parents just want to have some alone time and not be bothered by their children. Television can be a powerful influence in developing
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Many TV program producers believe that violence is necessary to attract children’s attention to their shows (Huston-Stein et. al). The television violence discussion has been going on for years. It has been suggested that ratings decision-makers should receive additional education and training to increase their knowledge of scientific research regarding the potentially harmful effects of various media depictions. As media researcher Dale Kunkel suggested in testimony before Congress: “Unless media ratings can consistently and accurately label the content that poses the greatest risk of harm to children, such systems cannot accomplish much help for parents.” (Kunkel, 2001: 76). Parents are expected to take the initiative to prevent their children from watching these violent TV shows. But how can they? Parents can help by setting rules like: Only educational channels and shows should be viewed at all times (Chang 2000). Setting a TV rule is very easy to do, but making sure that the rule is implemented and that it stays that way is what parents needs to strive for. The rule should not just apply to the children but the parents as well. When children see their parents watching channels that they are not allowed to watch, they get very perplexed and questions and curiosities begin to arise (Chang 2000). Children learn by seeing and doing. A child will listen only if he sees
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