Is Your Child Exposed to Media Violence?
We live in a society where violence is meticulously and silently engraining in our daily lives. As time progresses, the entertaining media that children and adolescents have access to everyday such as movies, commercials, TV shows, children’s cartoons, video games, toys, etc. become more and more violent. Media violence negatively affects the behavior of those exposed to it, especially children and teenagers who experience violent media on an everyday basis. With the new generations being born and raised in a society where violence is widely accepted and expressed, children are showing violent behavior in earlier stages of life, which often begins with verbal threats or minor incidents, but
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This kind of violence is not a new emerging behavior to humans. Violence has existed since history can recall, it has served humans as a way to defends themselves against predators and enemies throughout times. With the increasing cases of youth violence in our society, such as homicides, school shootings, gang affiliation, etc. it is imperative to know what is behind youth violence, and what is triggering or evoking at risk youth and to know how is the media correlated. “Over the past 30 years there has been extensive research on the relationship between televised violence and violent behavior among youth. Longitudinal, cross-sectional, and experimental studies have all confirmed this correlation. Televised violence and the presence of television in American households have increased steadily over the years (Beresin, 2009). Increased television usage along with increased television violence causes in children violent tendencies in an attempt to duplicate what they see on television, creating youth violence. Nowadays, television usage, especially in children, has skyrocketed. It is more and more common to have television sets even in the children’s own room, making it harder for the parents to control what their children watch on it. “The typical American child will view more than 200,000 acts of violence, including more than 16,000 murders before age 18” (Beresin, 2009). In television, violence seems like a good way