Can Watching Tv Violence Be Harmful to the Mental Health of Children?

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Aggression. Killing. Revenge. This sounds like the latest Scream movie, but it also describes the average Saturday morning cartoon. Haven't you noticed that the level of violence during Saturday morning cartoons is higher than the level of violence during prime time? Don't you think that showing violence is destructive and in no way helping to profit the upcoming generation and that acts of agression in cartoons are harmful to children in many ways? Or maybe viewing violence can be useful to instill values into children and we should profit from violence used as humour...? We can find many facts or evidences for each side, no mather what we think or feel. According to psychological research, violent media (including cartoons) affects children negatively. Effects may be long-lasting and noticeable in a person’s further behaviour, even as an adult. It is proved that the violent occurrences displayed on TV cause desentizing effects and makes youngsters less sensitive to pain and suffering of others. It is not very suprising, seeing that an average American child (at the age of about 13) has watched over 100,000 acts of televised violence, including 8000 depictions of murder, which is especially damaging to young children (under 8), because they cannot easily tell the difference between real life and fantasy. Studies by George Gerbner, the University of Pennsylvania, proved that children's television shows contain about 20 violent acts each hour. They also showed that children who watch a lot of television are more likely to think that the world is a mean and dangerous place. They become more fearful of the world around them, their fear of becoming victims in reality increases. The researchers noticed differences between children who watched the violent shows and those who watched non-violent ones. Children who watched the violent shows are more likely to argue, disobey authority and less willing to wait for things than the latter. Prior group of children became more...
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