American children watch an average of four hours of television daily. Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior. Unfortunately, much of today's television programming is violent. Television shows that allow the character that commits the crime to receive no punishment, teaches children that it is all right to commit a crime because nothing will be done. Criminals and violent acts do not get punished. Television is a powerful teacher and if children are always viewing their favorite characters using violence or aggression to get what they want, children will do the same. While TV violence is not the only cause of aggressive or violent behavior, it is clearly a significant factor. Parents can protect children from excessive TV violence in the in different ways pay attention to the programs their children are watching and watch some with them, set limits on the amount of time they spend with the television; consider removing the TV set from the child's bedroom. Studies have shown on numerous occasions that the violence on television and video games have lead children and young adults to be more aggressive, and temperamental. Over the last several years there have been quite a few instances where acts of violence has happened either reenacting a video game or a result of a violent television show. For example, the columbine shooting was moves reenacted from several video games. ~ Two kids shot and killed 13 people and wounded 23 more and then turn the gun of them reenacting the video game Doom. ~ A 13 year old jumped from a 24 story building after playing World of War Craft for 36 hours straight. ~ A teenager killed three men and two officers after playing Grand Theft Auto. ~ A 17 years old boy killed his mother after taking away his game Halo 3. ~A 15 year old ran away after his parents after they took away his Xbox controller. His body was found a month later.
Through several studies conducted on the...
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