English Writing 302
December 14, 2010
The Effect of TV Violence on Children
The world is changing rapidly today. TV has become the leading source on entertainment and time consuming for many people. Parents are too busy trying to provide for their children and keep a roof over their head. Some parents can do all these things and still keep a close watch on their children, but others cannot. After a hard day’s work, from one job to another, it is very easy for parents to turn on the television and let the kids watch whatever while they take a nap or relax. Sometimes, parents just want to have some alone time and not be bothered by their children. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping children’s behavior; unfortunately, the violence on TV today is causing a lack of impulse control, and aggressive behavior in children and this is why I think TV ratings should be reevaluated.
Should TV Ratings be reevaluated? Yes, I think it should. The television is a very powerful tool in today’s world. It can be very helpful and harmful in different ways. There are lots of programs on TV that can help shape children’s lives to that of a positive one, but these programs are consider to be boring or having no action. Preschool kids can get help learning the alphabet on public television, grade-schoolers can learn about wildlife on nature shows, and parents can keep up with current events on the evening news. There is no doubt that TV can be an excellent educator and entertainer but despite its advantages, too much television can be detrimental. A recent survey suggest that children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight, show aggressive behavior but also fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them. TV characters often display risky behaviors, such as smoking and drinking, and also reinforce racial stereotypes. Children nowadays are more attracted to shows that have more actions and drama than those with no action at all. According to “Flaws found in TV Code,” an article which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, children between the ages of 10 and 15 years old are much more interested in watching a TV program that is rated PG-13 or R, than one rated G. Children get so obsessed with the different characters on the TV shows and began to imitate these characters’ violent behavior or misinterpret some heroic act to that of a violent one. A study on action and violence in television programs that are directed to children’s attention and social behavior was investigated. “The Effects of TV Action and Violence on children social Behavior” defined action as a quick movement by objects and characters while violence was defined a physical aggression by characters. Children were placed in low-action low violence and high-action high violence settings. It was observed during this study that children who were placed in high-action high violence settings were involve in hitting, kicking and punching play while the low-action viewers were involve in imaginary play (Huston-Stein et. al). In 2008, ABC News reported that a boy was killed in a sand box by his friends while mimicking the Japanese cartoon character Naruto. It was also reported that same year that there had been numerous visits to the ER by teenage boys trying to do “superman” stunts. These and many more similar accidents have been documented all over the United States. At the present time we are witnessing how high violence in our society is climbing up. It is increasing even more than the most recently surveyed US population growth. Young children are hurting and killing each other on the streets because of all the violence they see on television. It seems as though they don’t realize that some of these shows or movies are fictional. Young children are portraying them as real life situations and trying to live...