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The Effects of Television Violence on Children

Thesis Statement: Unsupervised children who watch violence on television exhibit violence in their everyday lives and develop into aggressive adults.

“Research shows that television violence increases levels of

aggression, fear, and desensitization among some who consume it”

(Hamilton). This quotation by James Hamilton briefly summarizes the

potentially negative effects of television on young minds. A child’s favorite

television show can keep a child occupied while the mother prepares dinner

or makes a quick trip to the store. However, leaving a child alone to watch

whatever show is on can be dangerous to the child in the long run. With the

amount of violence on television, parents should not allow the television to

become a babysitter for children no matter how tempting it might be. A

television set is a bad babysitter because unsupervised children who watch

violence on television exhibit violence in their everyday lives and develop

into aggressive adults. “The violence-content on television programs exceeds all other contents on television programs.” (Comstock et al 30)

Although the above table was put together in 1963, it still provides a

snapshot of the amount of violence that existed on television. And since

there are more sources of violence on television today, commercials, rap

songs, documentaries, one can only imagine what that table would look like

today (Hattemer). Alarmingly enough, the child-program type has the most

violence, which means that children–who cannot tell the difference between

fiction and reality–are absorbing more violence than adults–who can.

The violence on television sends the wrong message by making the

perpetrators look attractive. Almost half of t…

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Television and Media – Link between TV Violence and the Violence of Children

The Link between TV Violence and the Violence of Children

Children watch a lot of television. TV has even become a babysitter.

There is more violence portrayed on television than in earlier years. Crime has increased

steadily over the years as well. Many children have been involved in violent crimes in recent years, and

there is a link between violence on television and the increase in crime.

As early as 1960, Leonard Eron and L. Rowell Huesmann, researchers in Columbia County,

New York, discovered a connection between violence on TV and how aggressively children behaved.

Children seeing violence on TV, beginning as young as eight years old, exhibited more aggressive

behavior. As they grew older, still watching violence on TV, the aggressive behavior continued.

There seemed to be a cumulative effect in the children’s behavior. Being aggressive as a child

is a good indicator as to the type of behavior that will be exhibited as an adult. Several studies followed

participants over three decades and revealed that those people, who showed the most aggressive behavior

at age eight, had continued to be aggressive and had the most arrests for violent crimes (Mortimer, 1-4).

At the Indiana University Center for Adolescent Studies, researchers asked kids what causes fights.

The kids said gossip and bullying. The survey showed that those kids who exhibited the highest bullying

behavior also watched violence on TV, fought, misbehaved at home as well as in the community, and were

disciplined forcefully by their parents. The bullies had fewer adult role models and less contact with adults.

Also, not possessing the social skills for coping with co…

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