Teaching and Learning Research Project
Study Area: Violence in Television and the effects it has on Children
Is violence in television affecting our children? This is a topic that stirs emotions in parents, teachers, religious leaders and politicians. In approaching this topic, I wanted to get opinions and information from various sources. I gathered information from: books, observation, published articles, interviews and online resources. I received different opinions from the various source, with most opinions and findings focusing on the negative effects television has on children.
I observed my nieces and nephews at my sister’s house while they were watching television; I purposely turned the television to programming for Voltron and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. When watching Voltron which consisted of fighting car robots that combined to join as one, my nephews and my nieces got ecstatic. They were all cheering the Voltrons while play fighting with one another. They pretended to shoot missiles, knock down and step on one another. Normally I would intervene if I saw something like this, but I just wanted to observe. It was obvious that they engaged in this kind of play often with one another. No one was actually trying to physically hurt the other. When I later put on a Looney tune tape, one that didn’t contain any violent content, they watched it for about five to ten minutes before they got up and left to do something else. In observing I saw that they were used to the programming and knew that it was basically entertainment and something that they enjoyed watching.
I asked my father how he felt about violence in television. He responded by telling me that: “Violence on television from cartoons, movies and westerns were just for entertainment and we knew that. I was good to watch cow boys and Indians, or watch the cops catch the robbers. We just knew it was entertainment and didn’t take it...
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