Violence as a Social Problem Essay

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Violence is a social problem that increases over the years. Violence is not so much shown in magazines and books as it is on television and the media. This does not mean that violence on television is the only source for aggressive or violent behavior, but it is a significant contributor. Children can also pick up violence from a parent or guardian at an early age. Peers are important in a child's life. It has been psychologically proven that males are more aggressive than females. Therefore, if a child's peers are being aggressive, their actions tend to be imitated.

American children watch an average of three to four hours of television daily, which can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior.
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A child's peers mean a lot to their attitude whether one wants to believe it or not. It blends in with their need to fit in. Popularity is what one hopes and dreams for during their teenage years. Therefore, children try to duplicate others actions. This factor may tend to lead to racial or sexual stereotyping consequently making the child believe that anyone different from these characteristics should be punished. This takes the child into the stage of what type of music to listen to as spoken about before.

Everyday we are all caught in a losing battle, the challenge of our society to preserve safety for children and protect them from violence and guns. The facts are that violence is everywhere, it is impossible to ignore them. It even seems as though no one recognized this as their problem or responsibility. Our deteriorating sense of community is everyone's problem. It hs been proven that more teenage boys die from gunfire that from car accidents. These gunshot wounds are now a leading cause of death for teenage boys.

In conclusion, we as a society should realize that it's never too young to learn. We all picked up certain characteristics from someone. To offset peer pressure among friends and classmates, parents should contact other parents and agree to enforce similar rules about what their children should watch, play with or stay around. If parents have serious
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