Essay about Television Violence and Its Effect on Children

865 Words Sep 26th, 1999 4 Pages
Television Violence and Its Effect on Children

The children of today are surrounded by technology and entertainment that is full of violence. It is estimated that the average child watches from three to five hours of television a day! (Neilson 1993). Listening to music is also a time consuming pastime among children. With all of that exposure, one might pose the question, "How can seeing so much violence on television and video games and hearing about violence in in music affect a child's behavior?"
Obviously these media have a big influence on childrens' behavior: we can see it in the way they attempt to emulate their favorite rock stars by dressing in a similar style and the way children play games, imitating their favorite cartoon
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Studies done in various countries across the world show the homicide rates doubling 10 to 15 years after the introduction of television even though the study was taken at different times in each country
(Centerwall). Another study showed that eight year old boys who watched the most violent programming were the most likely to get into fights or problems with the police (Eron). If parents knew what their children were watching maybe they could help to point out the shortcomings in television.

Music is also a large part of children's lives today. A recent study showed that between the seventh to twelveth grade alone children listen to almost as many hours of rock music as they spend in school, for a full twelve years (Entertainment Monitor, 1995). As a teenager I can personally attest to the fact that most parents don't know what their children are listening to.
Much of the popular music of today contains messages about sex and violence.
The artists who sing the music often become the idols of countless children across the country, many of whom copy everything from the singers habits (drugs, alcohol, violence, etc.) to their style of dress.

Another threat to children are video games. Today's most popular video games include many different fighting games. These games such as Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter include graphic images of blood and violence. Other popular types of games include sports games such as

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