Television Violence and Murdering Children
Today, children are translating the fiction from television shows into real acts of violence. "Television is becoming less and less an escape route into fantasy, it's becoming reality" (Palmer). Horrible murders, even by kids as young as age twelve, support Palmers' statement. Television may not be the soul cause of the terrible crimes, but there is proof that some of these unimaginable crimes are caused by violence seen on the television.
In our world today, television is a part of almost everyone's life. Researchers state that on the average, children in America today spend at least three to four hours watching television a day. That means that on the weekly average, a child could spend up to twenty-eight hours on the television. Therefore, the television shows children watch, definitely have major contributions in developing values and shaping their behavior. Because of the many violent shows that are on the television today, it isn't really a good thing that children are being taught by the television. Even though there are many good programs on the television, there is a majority of shows children love, that show them that "violence" is the way to go.
The main problems that people have found through hundreds of studies came to these four conclusions:
o Become "immune" to the horror of violence;
o Gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems;
o Imitate the violence they observe on television;
o Identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers (Int2, 1);
A researcher stated, "Extensive viewing of television violence by children causes greater aggressiveness. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness. Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see. The impact of TV violence may be immediately evident in the child's behavior or may surface years later, and young people can even be affected when the family atmosphere shows no tendency toward violence" (Int2, 1).
"Aggressive behavior" is considered the primary result of children who watch violence on the television. "Aggressive behavior" may be influenced by many other things, but the television has been proven, through many studies, to influence this behavior.
If you were to ask some children what their favorite television shows are, a majority of the children will respond with a show that contains a lot of violence. Examples include "The Mighty Morphine Power Rangers" and "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." These two shows seem to act as role models for many children. When you see these kids playing "make believe" or "acting out" one of their characters, they gain a behavior aggressive enough to make their role model look and act the best. Even though they may be "just pretending," this kind of acting still brings out aggressive behavior that is a...