Children of today are surrounded by technology and entertainment that is full of
violence. The average child spends three to five hours a day watching television. Listening
to music and playing video games are also favorite pastimes of children. Many people ask
the question, "Can these media affect a child's behavior?" The answer is yes, and it is
proven in the way children attempt to emulate their favorite stars by dressing in a similar
style and the way children play games, through imitating their favorite super heroes.
Thirty years ago, not every home had a television. They were considered a luxury
that only the rich could afford. Now, many households have two or more televisions and
children watch them incessantly. Many television programs are extremely violent and
children can learn violent behavior from watching these programs. Studies show that
viewing violent programs can affect a child's behavior, making the child afraid, worried or
increasing the child's tendencies towards aggressive behavior.
Music is a big part of children's lives, especially as they grow and enter
adolescence. Music can be very powerful. There have been numerous stories in the news
about teens trying to commit suicide or committing crimes and then blaming it on song
lyrics. Perhaps the music itself is not such on influential agent, but the artists are. If they
behave in an unbecoming manner, many children will attempt to be like them. Most people
would agree that rap artists such as Eminem and Busta Rhymes are not good roles
models, with lyrics that promote abuse and crimes, and that are full of cuss words.
Another form of entertainment that can have a strong influence on a child's
behavior is video games. Children today spend hours playing video games, most of which
have some form of violent theme...