violence in media contributing to violence in children

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The Dangers of Overexposing Children to Violence from Mass Media

Media is defined as being a channel of communication. We gain knowledge of media from a variety of sources such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and the internet. This is considered mass media because it communicates with a large amount of people. Mass media affects people of any religion, any race, any sex, any age, and of any culture, but the most influence that media has on something is on the minds of children. Mass media can be very persuasive to the minds of children and can lead to many different kinds of behavior. Addressed in this paper is how mass media influences the minds of children and some of the negative effects it has created.

We as a society need to be aware of the kinds of things that mass media displays to children that can have a negative impact on their life.

Mass media creates a variety of ideas that influence how children view everyday life. At a very young age we are subjected to images on the television and words on the radio telling us and showing us what goes on in the world. As a child our minds are not fully developed and we need to be taught by someone how to do things. Parents need to monitor what their children are watching and doing and make sure it's appropriate for their age.

Here are some statistics that were quite interesting to find out:

"An average American child spends around 28 hours in front of the television in a week and could have watched around more than 150,000 violent scenes before he becomes a teenager. These acts of violence can be serious offenses like rapes, burglaries and even murders

Programs shown on television, according to a...