Does the Media Affect a Child's Behavior?

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Does violence in media trigger children to behave aggressively? Do you know what are violence,aggressiveness and media? Violence is extreme, destructive force or brutality. Aggressiveness means having a tendency of attacking or doing harm to others without provocation. Some examples of aggressive behavior would be yelling, kicking and screaming. Media is the various means of communication considered as a whole: television, radio, magazines, news papers and even video games including the people in their production are perfect examples of media.

Research says that, "Children who consume high levels of media violence are more likely to be aggressive in the real world" (Freedman 2). These children are exposed to media violence every day. Facts show that, 54 percent of United States children have a television set and a video game in their bedrooms. This means children spend more time learning about life through media than in any other way. The average child spends approximately 30 hours a week watching television and playing video games, which is twice as much time as they spend in school.

In other words these children are boosting their imagination through television programs. Some examples of violent images you see in mostly all programs and video games are slow motion of bullets perforating a body and a knife slitting a neck in half. Now what kind of example are children getting from media?There is evidence that viewing of violent programs and video game on television contributes to violent behavior in children. However media trivial and glorifies violent acts by sending messages to children that violence is an acceptable way to solve everyday problems. When children are growing up they are more suitable to the violent programs because they have not yet develop the ability to understand the difference between reality and fantasy. So by making sure that...