Violence and Youths

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In today’s society, television is arguably one of the most universal components of people’s lives. Television is watched everyday by millions of people across the entire world. More and more children are beginning to discover television and what it is all about. The wide selection of shows, broadcasts, documentaries, and other programming have the youth of America beginning to watch more television. One of the more controversial topics being discussed today is violence on television and the effect it has on youths. Many parents argue that the violence that their children are being exposed to is harmful because if they see their idols doing it on television, than it must be acceptable for them to do in real life. This essay will outline the problems with television violence and its effect on the younger population.

According to kidshealth.org, the average American child will watch about 200,000 acts of violence on TV before the age of 18. 200,000 acts of violence before the age of 18 can be detrimental to the mental health of a child. That number is way too high, although it does not mention the severity of the violent scenes. The severity of violence on television that youths are exposed to depends on what the show is rated. Different programs have different ratings, which are called television content rating systems. The different ratings for the United States include: TVY, TVY7, TVY7FV, TVG, TVPG, TV14, and TVMA. Each rating is for a different age group and for a certain type of person.

First off, the rating of TVY is the lowest rating as far as age is concerned. This rating is for all ages 2 or older, although it is usually for the children ages 2-6. Whether animated or live-action, the themes and elements in this programming are specifically designed for a very young audience. These programs are not expected to frighten younger children. The next content rating bracket is called TYV7, which is directed to children 7 years and older. Shows with this rating may not be appropriate for some children under the age of 7. They may contain crude or suggestive humor, mild fantasy violence, or content considered too scary to be shown to children under seven. Next, is the TVY7FV bracket, which is intended for audiences 7 or older with fantasy violence in the show. This rating is given to shows that have more fantasy violence, hence the FV in the rating name. Shows that may carry this rating include action adventure shows and some Japanese anime.

The fourth content rating is called the TVG rating. The “G” in this rating stands for general audience. Although shows with this rating are not necessarily targeted to children, they can be enjoyed by a variety of age groups. Networks that air informational, religious, or otherwise generally inoffensive content usually apply a TV-G rating to all of their shows, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, programming directed at pre-teens and teens are given the TV-G rating for mild language and innuendo. The next rating that is given is the TVPG rating, which stands for parental guidance suggested. This rating signifies that the program may be unsuitable for children under the age of 9 or 10 without adult supervision. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. Various game shows and most reality shows are rated TV-PG for their suggestive dialogue, suggestive humor, and/or coarse language. TVPG is when some programs offer some sub-ratings, which may include: D for some suggestive dialogue, L for infrequent coarse language, S for sexual situations, and V for moderate violence.

The final two content ratings that are given are the TV14 and TVMA ratings, which carry the same sub-ratings as TVPG, however there are stronger acts of language, violence, sexual situations, and suggestive dialogue as the rating goes from TVPG to TV14 to TVMA. With the ratings that are given to each show, it should not be difficult for parents to monitor what their children watch. However,...
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