Most children consume their time in front of the television screen for about three hours a day. The estimated number of hours that can be spent by an average child in watching television is 5,000 by the time he/she enters first grade and the estimated number of hours by the end of high school is 25,000---more than the time used for other necessary things like studying. Moreover, television has been a potent agency of communication and socialization since it provides the child with experiences that shape their attitudes and affect their behaviors. Thus, the influence of TV violence to the children particularly in the Cebu can cause negative changes in their behavior.
An experiment shows that children when exposed to televised violence, exhibited the aggressive behavior they have observed – hitting, kicking and using hostile language. Prior to that time, the prevailing theory was that televised violence drained aggressive impulses. This is also the reason why television has become a growing source of parental anxiety where parents worry about the amount and kinds of program their children watch. This study aims to talk about TV violence and its effects on the behavior of the children and the ways to handle it. In order to achieve this goal, this paper is organized into three sections. The first section helps us know about the children’s understanding of television. The second section discusses the influence and effects of TV violence to the behavior of Filipino children which is the main concern of this study. And the third section offers suggestions in handling and regulating TV violence.
Presentation of Data
Children’s Understanding of TV
According to research, before age seven, children have difficulty integrating separate scenes into a continuous story line. Instead, they treat each scene as an isolated incident and are unable to relate a...