What is an influence? An influence is the power of being a compelling force on the actions, behaviors, and opinions of others. Violent programming is a great influence on young minds today. As the days pass by, more and more violent scenes that are seen in movies and regular programming are becoming crimes which are being imitated on the news. Watching violent television hurts a child’s judgment and shows many serious long term effects. Violent programming is a bad influence on young minds by promoting aggressive attitudes, increased fear, and emotional desensitization.
First of all, violent programming is a bad influence on young minds because it promotes aggressive attitudes towards others. Children usually tend to emulate what they see, especially when it’s of their heroes. Children often watch television to see their favorite heroes in action such as the Mighty Morphine’ Power Rangers or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Since their heroes are using violence and physical force to resolve conflicts, children seem to use that same concept of violence to solve conflicts as their own as if they’re also acceptable. For example, as a kid, the Mighty Morphine’ Power Rangers was my favorite show. After watching each episode, I had to the urge to go beat up villains. Whether I was the protagonist or the villain, I still wanted to cause violence. These are just two examples of violent television and they’re television programs especially made for children as well. The American Psychological Association in “Violence on Television-What Do Children Learn? What Can Parents Do?” states “Studies have shown that children’s TV shows contain about 20 violent acts each hour” (249). Those are way too many violent acts for a children’s show. Many people whom favor children watching television say that children shows teach morals and responsibility but that is yet to be seen. In “Violence on Television-What do Children Learn? What Can Parents Do,” Aletha