The children of today are surrounded by technology and entertainment
that is full of violence. It is estimated that the average child watches from
three to five hours of television a day. Listening to music is also a time consuming
pastime among children. With all of that exposure, one might pose the question, "How
can seeing so much violence on television and video games and hearing about violence in
music affects a child's behavior?" Obviously the media has a big influence on children's'
behavior: we can see it in the way they attempt to emulate their favorite rock stars by
dressing in a similar style and the way children play games, imitating their favorite
cartoon personalities or super heroes. Studies have shown that extensive television
viewing may be associated with, aggressive behavior, poor academic performance,
precocious sexuality, obesity, and the use of drugs or alcohol. Television,
video games and music are very influential and if there is too much violence available
for children to watch, play, or listen to, this can sway their attitudes in a negative
Television is especially influential on the children today. The hard
truth is that children spend an average of 28 hours a week in front of the
television (Ledingham). This is almost two times the amount of time that
some children are learning in school. At this very impressionable age it is no wonder
that the images that kids see sometimes have a profound impact on their behavior.
"Fifty-five percent of children watch television with a friend or alone". (Pepe).
Too often parents assume that their children are responsible enough to
choose suitable programming. But the sad fact is that even some shows deemed as
"children's television" are violent. A survey in Media scope showed that a
staggering sixty-six percent of children's programming contained violence. Many
times the violence occurred in cartoons which were the least likely to show the
long term consequences of violence and in many cases portrayed the violence in a
humorous way (Larsen). Studies done in various countries across the
world show the homicide rates doubling, 10 to 15 years after the introduction of
television, even though the study was taken at different times in each country
(Larson). Another study showed that eight year old boys who watched the
most violent programming were the most likely to get into fights or problems
with the police (Rhodes 56). If parents...