During the time that children watch television there is an enormous amount of violence shown. The article, "Is Violent Television Destroying Our Children" gave the amount of violent acts shown on a randomly chosen day. The statistics were, "2,605 violent acts were shown on Thursday, April 7, 1995, on a Washington, D.C home wired for cable . 566 of those acts were shown between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.- the most prime time that children are watching [Kolbert D20]".(Marqette p.1) This is an alarming thought. If it is true that violence on television leads to aggressive behavior, then children are prime suspects for becoming aggressive.
Bandura did a study on the effects of aggressive behavior being displayed to children. What he did was to have the children watch a grown man kick a beat a BoBo doll. Then the children were agitated by not being able to play with toys that they liked. After they were mildly upset, they were brought into a room with a BoBo doll and allowed to play with it. The other group of children where not exasperated as the others were. The children who were made to be slightly upset, and watched the person beat the BoBo doll, acted more aggressive towards the doll. They even went to the extent to hit it and say the same thing as the grown-up did. This is just one of the studies done to prove that hostile behavior is learned by others (this includes from others on television).
Another study was done by Huesmann and Eron. They studied 758 children that were in the first grade to the third grade. They found not only... [continues]
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