Cartoon Violence

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Cartoon Violence Channel 2: The scenario is giant rooster in constant battle with farmyard dog. The rooster says, "Listen up now, ah say, listen up. Nice boy, ah say, nice boy, but not too bright." The rooster proceeds to take baseball bat, lift the tail of sleeping dog and beat his rear end ruthlessly. The child laughs, as the dog is beat horribly by the rooster.

The excess of cartoon violence has seemed to plague society's youth into repeating what they see. Cartoons have become an educational tool not just teaching the ABC's but also showing young children how to beat your opponent mercilessly. Although cartoons are not substitute parents, they do influence the actions and reactions of young children.

The average child watches approximately 28 hours of television in a week. This average child will witness over 200,000 acts of violence, including 16,000 murders, on television before the age of 18.

Fifty-five percent of these children will question the television programming to a friend, not an adult.

Cartoons show no long-term consequences of violent acts. Television shows that allow the character that commits the crime to receive no punishment, teaches children that it is suitable to commit a crime because nothing will be done. Criminals and violent acts do not get punished.

Cartoons fail to show the harmful affects of the violent acts to the victim. The person in the cartoon or television show gets bowled over by another character and they get back up without being harmed. Children begin to believe that violence does not really hurt others. If Wiley Coyote gets killed, the Road- Runner does not care, and laughs as it leaves the dead Wiley Coyote. Television makes violence and even death seem funny and unreal. Children do not learn to respect life because violent...