How the media, including TV, music and video games influences children in a negavtive way

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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...