This article takes a historical approach to the topic of how media discusses media violence by considering how television programs have addressed the problem of television violence and discussed available evidence. The debate over the effects of media violence has of course been going on for millennia. But television was seen in the fifties and sixties as something completely different from any other previous media. It was thus family entertainment capable of corrupting innocent children all over the United States from within the home. When unprecedented social violence erupted during the s, primarily among high-school and college students, many adults assumed television — seemingly the only thing to have changed in their immediate environment — was the culprit.
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The Impact of TV Violence on Children and Adolescents
One has only to turn on the TV to observe the growing proliferation of violent and aggressive content in today's media. A regular offering includes daytime talk shows, some of which are characterized by blatant emotional, psychological, and physical abuse by panel guests toward each other. WCW World Champion Wrestling is viewed by a growing number of Americans, many of whom include young children and adolescents who watch along side of their parents. Network news is littered with graphic renderings of murders, kidnappings, traffic accidents, international war scenes, and the like of which violence is the key component.
Media, Kids, and Violence
Everyone knows that American kids spend a lot of time with the media, but a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation of more than 2, children between 8 and 18 shows just how immersed they are. They discovered that the average youth devotes 7. They also found that children and teens whose parents set limits spent, on average, 3 fewer hours per day. Parents are understandably concerned about the effect that violence in video games, TV, movies, and popular music will have on their children. Several studies have been done on the effects of exposure to violence through video games, movies, TV shows, and music.
Jump to content. Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. There is no single explanation for the violence caused by youth. Many different things cause violent behavior in children. The more these things are present in a child's life, the more likely he or she is to commit an act of violence.