Children, Television, and Violence
Children, Television, and Violence TV violence may influence children more than most people are aware of. The amount of violence on TV is an important topic in today¡¯s society. One of the reasons it should be so important to all of us is because almost everyone in America today has a television set, and because of it¡¯s availability, children are viewing disturbing images everyday from the comfort of their own homes. Television is all about ratings. To keep the viewers from changing the channel, networks will try to do anything. Even the news is displaying more bloody details than people need to see. If there isn¡¯t a murder, rape, or shoot-out on the news, people are let down. They may get bored with the broadcast and change the channel. That is the main reason why kids can be exposed to view acts of violence even while watching a comedy. By putting violence into the equation, networks become more confident that you are not going to change the channel. The networks don¡¯t give a damn about the affects it may have on the children watching, just as long as the ratings are high and the money keeps rolling in. The network broadcasters need to decrease the violence because it often confuses children, and as we all know children are visual learners. This may cause young kids sometimes blur things with the real world that they see on TV. It helps makes this happen by shaping an altered reality. Children do not seem to have a full grasp of the real world and the situations it may involve. An example of one of the ways it can confuse children is through programs that ¡°glamorize¡± violence. Three out of five programs portray violence on television. Even some of the shows I watched as a child could also be considered violent. For example, let¡¯s take GI JOE into consideration. Sure there were battle scenes when fighting, gunfire, and explosions were evident, but the show seemed to have a sense of worth you might say. At the end of...
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