The Negative Effects Violence on Television has on Kids
The amount of violence on television nowadays is inacceptable. The material that you see on shows that are “supposedly for kids” just don’t seem like it. As more and more violent television shows and programs are aired every single night, kids are affected by it in a negative way. Studies have shown that revelations of violence to kids at early ages will affect them mentally. They will either start to think nothing of violence, or be over-frightened because of what he/she may have seen on TV. The TV channels should not be allowed to expose this kind of material and violence to kids at such early ages, because of the aftereffects it will have on the teenagers and children. First of all, there is way too much violence on television whether it is on some prime time channel, or even a Saturday morning cartoon program. For some prime time TV shows, there are three to five hours violent acts per hour. For every Saturday program for kids, there are around twenty to twenty-five violent acts per hour. (Frazier) This shows how much violence there is on “children shows”. In a sample for the National Television Violence Study, it was found that around sixty percent of ten-thousand television programs contained violent material. (Kunkel) That is a lot! That study “identified an average of 6,000 violent interactions in a single week of programming across the 23 channels that were examined, including both broadcast and cable networks. More than half of the violent shows (53%) contained lethal acts, and one in four of the programs with violence (25%) depicted the use of a gun.” (Kunkel) That means that the majority of television shows, whether for children or not, will have violence on that program more than half the time. ) Statistics also showed that the average program for children more often contained more violence then the average Adult TV. Even in some “G” rated movies, there is violence. That is too unhealthy especially because of the effects it causes. Now, if you put that stat along with how much children watch TV daily. “An average American child watches television 21-23 hours per week.” (Frazier) That means per week, 60 percent of those twenty or so hours will have something violent that will have a negative effect on the children. Also, according to the American Psychiatric Association in 1996, adolescents will have viewed 10,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence by the age of 18. (Frazier) Also repeated exposure to violence from television is unhealthy for the child’s character. With kids being around violence while watching “kid’s shows”, “the child becomes less sensitive towards its effects on victims and the human suffering it causes.” (Boyse) Research has proven in the past years that the violence on televisions indeed has a negative effect on children. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health in 1982, violence is said to lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers. Even before this, one of the most well-known studies done in 1963 by Bandura proved that violence has a significant effect on the people that view it. “He had a group of children view a TV video of a model who kicked and punished an inflated plastic doll. After the viewing, the children were placed in a playroom with other children who had not seen the video. Those that saw the video displayed significantly more aggressive behavior than those who didn't.” Other studies showed that kids who saw violent cartoons had a high chance to not share their toys with others. Another study made in 1972 with Liebert and Baron, confirmed the findings of Bandura. “This study investigated children's willingness to hurt other children after viewing aggressive TV programs. Two groups of children watched a different TV program, one of which had aggressive content and one of which was neutral. Those who saw the aggressive program (The Untouchables) were found to be more willing to hurt...
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