Media Violence

Media Violence

Media Violence

Television can have a powerful influence in developing value systems and

shaping behavior for children. In the United States children watch an average of three to

four hours of television daily (Cantor & Wilson, 28). Unfortunately, much of today?s

television programming is violent. Studies of the affects of television violence on

children and teenagers have found that children may become insensitive to violence.

Consequently, they tend to gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems by

imitating the violence they observe on television; they identify with certain characters,

good or bad. Therefore, extensive viewing of television violence by children causes

greater aggressiveness (Rosenthal).

Not all television is bad. There are several excellent programs dedicated to young

children. Some programs incorporate entertainment and education to help children learn

and identify characters, shapes, and colors. Programs such as Blue?s Clue?s and Sesame

Street also help promote good behavior and cooperation. Dr. Ernest Boyer, President of

the Carnegic Foundation for the Advancement of teaching and former U.S.

Commissioner of Education, stated: ?Television sparks curiosity and opens up distant

worlds to children. Through its magic, youngsters can travel to the moon or to

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