Violence and Sufferingon Television News: Toward a Broader Conception of Harmful Television Content for Children

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In this review, I will discuss Juliette H. Walma van der Molen’s journal article entitled “Violence and Suffering in Television News: Toward a Broader Conception of Harmful Television Content for Children”. This journal is about the potential harmful of television news content for children. Juliette argues that not only entertainment programs but also news program can affect the children. Having summarized the journal, I claim that the way the writer explains the topic is clear enough because she has already mentioned some ways to both prevent and reassure for this condition. However, it should be supplemented with a more depth discussion of the potential negative outcomes real violence that is shown directly in news program. In conclusion, I shall show that this journal is good to read as it is well-organized and easily understood. In the Introduction, the authors of this journal article said that survey research has shown that about one quarter of US children have a television set in their own bedroom and some homes turn on the television all day. She argue that with the rise of television channels and Internet services and with growing the television programming to report on “breaking news stories” children of all ages may be regularly faced distressing and violent accounts of murders, catastrophic accidents, war, and other suffering. I agree with it because as I know that almost every home in my village also has a television. Perhaps only 1 or 2 homes which are not have it. They might argue that all the programs on television can make enjoyable especially when the turn of entertainment program. In addition, they do not realize that the news program almost show around the clock. While the children change the channel, it is possible that the children face the news program unexpectedly such as shooting, kidnapping etc. The author said that violence in television news has the same impact on children as violence portrayed in fictional television because they are...
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