Television Violence and Its Effect on Children

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Television Violence and Its Effect on Children

The children of today are surrounded by technology and entertainment

that is full of violence. It is estimated that the average child watches from

three to five hours of television a day! (Neilson 1993). Listening to music is

also a time consuming pastime among children. With all of that exposure, one

might pose the question, "How can seeing so much violence on television and

video games and hearing about violence in in music affect a child's behavior?"

Obviously these media have a big influence on childrens' behavior: we can see it

in the way they attempt to emulate their favorite rock stars by dressing in a

similar style and the way children play games, imitating their favorite cartoon

personalities or super heroes. Studies have shown that extensive television

viewing may be associated with, aggressive behavior, poor academic performance,

precocious sexuality, obesity, and the use of drugs or alcohol (Deitz).

Television, video games, and music are very influential and if there is too much

violence available for children to watch, play, or listen to, this can sway

their attitudes in a negative direction.

Television is especially influencial on the children today. The hard

truth is that children spend an average of 28 hours a week in front of the

television (Neilson 1993). This is almost two times the amount of time that

some children are in school. At this very impressionable age it is no wonder

that the images that kids see sometimes has a profound impact on their behavior.

Fifty-five percent of children watch television with a friend or alone. (TV-Free

America). Too often parents assume that their children are responsible enough to

choose suitable programming. But the sad fact is that even some shows deemed as

"children's television" are violent.