Effects Of TV on Children
"By the age of 18 a child will have watched 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders" (Clark). What does this mean? Well, this means the television industry is showing an absurd amount of violence on TV. Television has been around for many years. In 1952, the first violent TV show aired on television and it was a hug success ("To much TV is harmful to kids"). Since then, the number of violent shows on television is increasing over the years. What makes Television different from the 1960s to present day is cable, satellite, hundreds of channels offered to the people, pay-per-view, and the invention of VCRs. The crime rate since television was introduced is going up six times faster than the population of the United States is growing. On television now of days during prime time television, a person will not go without seeing at least one act of violence (Smith). In today's world, children are the leading television viewers (Smith). Today in the United States their is growing problem with television violence and its influence on children. First of all, corruption of the mind is a major problem that comes out of television (Talib). Children of young ages are easily influenced by what they see and hear. Many parents out there feel children are not influenced by what they see or hear on television and they are parents that feel their children are easily influenced by what they see. "I do not feel children are highly effect by what they see on television" (Smith). Well, in this time era, children are in front of their television sets for more then twenty-seven hours a week (Bauder). During this time a child spends in front of a television set, he or she will see and hear a million different things. "Most of the things children see are violence because ninety-five percent of television shows on television have at least one violent act in their airing" (Fitter-man). This heavily influences the way a child thinks. One way that television corrupts a mind of a child is by making them think that violence is a way to solve their problems. Television shows or movies have some sort of conflict involving the protagonist. To resolve the clash, some characters use violence to solve the clash. After a child views a character on television solve his or her problem with violence, the child will assume that he or she can act in the same manner to get rid of their problem. Dr. Joseph Mercola researches the effect of television violence on young kids. After many years of researching, he has come to many conclusions about how children are effect by television violence. As one of his conclusion, he states, "Children who watch extensive hours of violent television will gradually accept violence as a way to solve their problems (Mercola). In his conclusion, Dr. Mercola is saying children who spend their time watching television will start to think violence is the best way to solve their problems and there is no better method. In the mid 1980s a thirteen year old by the name, Juan Valdez of California was having trouble with his best friend's dad. To get rid of his problem, he kicked, stabbed, beat and chocked the man with a dog chain, and then poured salt on his wounds (Florio). Later when the police asked Juan why he killed his best friend's dad this way, he responded, "I just seen it on TV" (Florio). This is one of many cases where children use what they see on television to solve their problems. In this case, it is clear as crystal that television violence corrupted the mind of Juan Valdez and helped him use violence he saw on TV. Further more, television violence corrupts the mind of children by causing them to think they can imitate the same stunts on television. Another way TV violence alters the mind of children is by causing them to think they can do the same stunts on television in reality without hurting themselves (Smith). Many stunts on television are performed without a single scratch on the...
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