CHildren and Television

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About the affect television violence has on children. -

Children and Television

The children of America spend their time on many different activities.

One of the most time consuming activities is watching television. Television

plays a large role in the social and emotional development of children today.

One good quality that television has is that it conveys information and

happenings around the world that they may not otherwise know about, but

some people have been questioning whether television does more harm than

good. Many have been analyzing what affect violence in adult shows as well

as children's shows may have on children.

Most parents allow their children to watch so called 'kid's shows'

without even thinking about what might be contained within them. How

many times has a certain hunter been seen hunting a certain 'wascally

wabbit'? Most people would say 'how can a cartoon about a man hunting

affect a child?' At first it may seem that it has no effect, but, looking closer,

it is easy to see that Bugs Bunny has many human traits.

Two of these traits

are speaking English and walking upright. Something else that adds to this is

that sometimes children cannot make the distinction between fantasy and

reality. Quickly a cartoon about a man hunting a rabbit can turn into a story

of murder. Another cartoon character that may harm children is Yosimite

Sam. When he becomes angry, he begins to fire his pair of guns into the air

and at other characters. This could cause children to act violently to appease

their anger. This includes hitting and throwing things. This is an extreme

view of the situation, but who is to say that at least part of it is not true?

Children see violence everyday in their cartoons, but what about shows...