November 18, 2012
Television and Children
The year is 2012 and the amount of violence children are exposed to has increased in many forms of media. Over 40 years ago, all society had to worry about was the violence on television and movies. Now society has to protect children from exposure to violence on the video games they play and from social networks on the Internet. Parents want to keep the children as innocent and pure, knowing it would be asking the impossible. It is hard to protect the children knowing there are so many possible ways for them to be exposed. Parents can however, make it a point while they are young to do the part of preparing the children of what is appropriate and what is not in media violence. It is important for all parents to do their part, because children are exposed to more violence on television, video games, and the Internet, and the effects have become a health risk. Since the beginning days of television, there have been issues relating to the effects of television violence on children. Studies have shown that children exposed to media violence experience increased aggressive behavior. Even with this evidence not much has changed to decrease how much violence is shown to children. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, (American children from a very young age to late teenagers spend a quarter of the day on media television, commercial or self-recorded video games, print, radio, recorded music, computer, and the Internet, Media & Youth 2001). Depending on if the children are using multiple media at the same time; the amount of time used during the day could average out to a higher number. By the time children reach their late teens they will have seen tens of thousands of acts of violence. Children viewing this much violence over the years means there have been many hours where they could have been socializing with friends or reading books....