Media's Easy Accessibility to Kids

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Every parent knows the threats out there, the violent video games, pedophile e-mailers, the persuasive TV shows, and the adult websites. However the internet cartoons fly under the radar. Parents have the option to block certain sites from being accessed on their computer, but with the title “Happy Tree Friends” its almost impossible to block without being a computer genius. The piece “What’s up Doc? A Bloody Outrage, That’s What” by Katherine Ellison shows growing concern for the youth of today with the wide availability of the media. Katherine, a mother of two boys ages 6 and 9, voices her opinion about media that is to easily accessible to kids. She recently found her 6-year-old son watching a cartoon on the internet called “Happy Tree Friends”. She was disgusted by what she saw. What she saw was a cute harmless bear all the sudden go berserk and rip off the head of a cougar splattering blood everywhere. Katherine describes herself as a longtime journalist that is in complete agreement with the first amendment, and lives in California’s liberal bastion of Marin County. However she was very upset with this cartoon. Katherine is truly upset by the amount and extent of the violence in the show, and is amazed by the names on the banner ads surrounding this cartoon. Although Katherine is upset she is firm that t he federal government does not need to step in because the freedom of the internet is to precious. Not only can this cartoon be easily found on the internet, but when it is found it is just begging you to watch it. Before most violent shows it is typical for a warning to show up in red print “Warning Violence: Not for Children”. “Happy Tree Friends” gives this a twist though stating “Warning Violence Not for Children or Big Babies”, baiting you to watch it over and over again. In the article a UCLA neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni is interviewed. He says studies have shown that children tend to copy what they see especially if they see...
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