Essay about Effect of Media Violence on Children
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Effect of Media Violence on Children
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 in music affect a child's behavior?" Obviously these media have a big influence on childrens' 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…show more content…
14), and Ice Cube, who goes on trial next month on charges of shooting a man to death at a bowling alley (AP Nov. 11), are seen as heroes to a lot of children. Most people would agree that they are not very good role models and that the lyrics that they write promoting shooting policeman and raping women can have a negative affect on children's behavior. However, there are examples of music having a positive influence on kids are also prevalent. The girl rap group Salt-N-Pepa, who are often categorized according to their sexual image, also project an image of feminine strength. Cheryl James, a.k.a "Salt," said, "We get compliments from women like, 'You inspired me to get out of an abusive relationship.' It makes me feel good about what I do" (AP Nov. 5). There is also some good examples of music, which brings a more positive feeling to the group. An example of this can be heard in the animaniacs compact disk.
Television is especially influential on the children of today. Thirty years ago, not every home had a television; they were considered a luxury that only the rich could afford. Now, most households have two televisions and children watch them incessantly. Many children's programs are extremely violent and a child can learn violent behavior from watching these programs. For example, about a month ago, in Norway, a small girl was beaten, stripped, and left to die by three boys aged 5, 6, and 6. When asked why
Negative Effects Of Media Violence On Children
Americans have felt a growing uneasiness from the growing problem of youth violence
with teens from the ages of twelve to eighteen. It is a controversial subject that is an
increasingly rising with families and the in the government. Some people believe that the
reason behind this national problem is because families are no longer a united unit and are not
home to take responsibility of watching their children. There are others who believe that it is
the influence of the media and technology. The issue this paper will examine whether youth
violence has risen from unattached parenting or because the lack of censorship and influence of
the media. Through the presentation of documented support, it will be shown the rising rate of
youth violence is the result of the lack of censorship of the media.
According to psychologist Craig Anderson, research shows that violent video games,
films, television, and music in the media increase the probability of violent and aggressive
behavior in long-term and immediate situations within youth (81). In the start of this decade it
was estimated that 46 percent of all homes with children have accesses to at least one
television set, gaming console, a personal computer or both (“Violence and the Media” 267).
However, this percentage has changed and is growing everyday with the advancement in
technology and because it’s easily accessible. The Federal Trade Commission reports that
companies’ media and marketing plans advertise their products targeting media outlets most
likely to reach children under 17. Using outlets such as commercials during the most popular
programs such as South Park, websites such as Mtv.com, and teen hangouts such as pizza
parlors or sporting appeal stores (“Experts from the Report on Violence” 24).
Tyler Chartrand, president and founder of the London Youth Council states that “anger,
stress and coping mechanisms are the main issues when talking about youth violence” (qtd. in
Benedict 2). Youth violence is an overwhelming problem as realization occurs on the horrifying
fact that children are killing other children. Sixteen year old honor student Derrion Albert from
Chicago was attacked on his way to school at the bus stop. A mob of teens attacked him and
clubbed him in the head with a piece of wood, pushed him down and stomped on him. The
beating was fatal and five suspects were charged ranging from ages 14 to 19. And this was all
recorded on video with a cell phone (Billitteri 1).
Attorney General Eric Holder said about Albert’s murder “Youth violence isn't a Chicago
problem, any more than it is a black problem or a white problem. It's something that affects
communities big and small, and people of all races and colors” (qtd. in Billitteri 1). Education
Secretary Richard R. Riley also adds that on average 16,000 violent crimes or thefts occur near
or on a school campus every day (“As Youth Violence” n. pag.).
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