Concerns about Media Violence

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Media has the supremacy to influence millions of individuals through countless formats. Media is everywhere in our daily lives, in television, motion pictures, and radio, influencing what society consume to what society wear. “Media is a very powerful tool capable of mobilizing people’s contemplations and ideologies” (Mock 2004). Most people find television an escape from their hectic daily lives. In our society today, there is an ongoing debate about violence in the media. Media violence has been an issue that most of the literature seems to avoid, but it is important in our lives. To give you perspective on just how much violence kids see on TV, consider this: “The average American child will witness 200,000 violent acts on television by age 18. Kids may become desensitized to violence and more aggressive. TV violence sometimes begs for imitation because violence is often promoted as a fun and effective way to get what you want” (Kids Health, 2010). With this one can see how much of an influence T.V has on kids. As the teens and kids continue to watch and read these violent images depicted in music and film, detrimental effects affect their judgment, attitudes, and behaviors. Concerns about media violence have grown as television has acquired a global audience. While TV violence is not the only cause of aggressive or violent behavior, it is clearly a significant factor. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Unfortunately, much of today's television programs include violent images! The impact of TV violence may be immediately evident in the child's behavior or may surface years later. Media is responsible for inciting violence. Thus said, there are many profession; scientist, doctors, educators, police detectives, etc. spending a lot of time trying to fully understand the cause and effects of media violence in order to bring about the best solutions possible. Two solutions that I would propose are for parents or any adult to reduce the exposure to media and change the impact of violent images that the kids are seeing. These two solutions will be affective in reducing media violence because if children are exposed to the television less, they will see less violence. This can be accomplished by enforcing limits on how much time children are glued to the screen, in addition to setting guidelines on what they can and can’t watch. This can be done through the V-chip technology. This technology was made to block programs based on their ratings category. With this device, parents can block any programs that show voluminous amounts of violence by adding a four-digit code. In fact parents don’t have to completely neglect the child during the blocking of programs. “To make the kids feel like they have some ruling in the decision. Parents can allow the children to select the programs within the family’s guidelines, while seeking to add positive programs and limiting negative ones” (Thomas 2010). On April 6-26, 1999 there was a random sample survey done to 1001 parents of children ages 2-17. Parents were asked 34 different questions regarding their opinion on television, the v-chip technology, and the T.V ratings system. The Kaiser Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA) designed the survey. Based on the survey, 62 percent of the parents were more concerned “a great deal” that their children are being exposed to too much violent content on T.V. When the parents were asked whether or not they would use the v-chip technology, 77 percent said they would use it. Despite the big commitment to use the v-chip, “In 2001, 2 out of 5 parents (40%) owned a V-chip set and 7% had used it to monitor their children’s T.V viewing Of all parents who have a V-chip T.V set, more than half (53%) don’t know it. Of all parents who knew they have a V-Chip T.V set, t-thirds (64%) have chosen not to use it and one-third (36%) have used it” (Kaiser Foundation 2003). One can agree that,...
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