TV Violence is Ruining Children
A young child sits in front of a television watching cartoons while his mother runs around the house doing various chores. The mother passes the room the child is in and glances at the television each time she passes. The child is watching "Sesame Street." Then, a half an hour later, "Mr. Rogers" is on. The mother walks into the room a half an hour later and stops in horror at what is on the television. Her young son is watching the same station as before, but now a different cartoon is on. It is not one of the educational, "cute" cartoons, but one filled with violence and destruction.
Parents finding children watching violent and unwholesome cartoons is occurring more often. Television is becoming more violent. And, the violence shown on television and the destruction portrayed there, has lasting negative effects on those young children who view it.
There have been countless wars recorded, murders, assaults of every nature committed, and many violent acts too horrible to picture. These violent acts are recorded in ages throughout the history of the earth. Violence has existed since the beginning of time and it existed long before television was invented. However, the fact that it has existed for centuries does not mean that it won't get worse, or that it cannot be slowed down. So, why does violence still exist? Of course it is in the human nature to be violent, but a recent discovery has found that media, namely the television, has become a main cause of violence. Yet, it must be made clear that television is not the only cause of violence, but that it is one cause that is progressively becoming more common as time passes.
According to the National Television Violence Study (National Television Violence Web Page), 66% of the programs for children have violence in them. And, three quarters of these violent shows demonstrate unpunished violence while another 58% do not show victims experiencing any pain. What does this suggest to young children who do not understand what violence is? They begin to learn from these programs that violence does not hurt others and that there are no consequences for committing violence on another person. Children learn through sight and through things they incorporate and assimilate into their lives as they learn and grow.
Children often do not understand violence shown on television. They cannot differentiate between that which is real or of the imagination and they often incorporate both into their own imaginations. However, many people disagree that the media has any effect on children's imaginations. They are wrong. How often...