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Effects Of Television Violence On Children

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Annotated Bibliography on The Effects of Television Violence on ChildrenKrcmar, M Cooke, MC. "Television and Children - Psychological Aspect". Journal of Communication, Summer 2001, Vol.51 Issue2 p.300.The article attempts to prove a child's ability to process a display of violent behavior iseffected by the way their brain interprets and processes the information. A child's age is asignificant factor in identifying a child's maturity level. This is proven through sampletesting where a violent scenario is viewed by providing a clip of a Television show,which displays some form of violent behavior. Then children are giving a short storywhere they have to provide a ending to the story. The results ...view middle of the document...

The studyidentified which shows are the #1 culprits in displaying violent behavior. This wasproven by conducting a viewing pole and requesting the public to identify the programswhich programs fell within the following categories:-Excessive violence-Selected violence-Limited violence-Violent scenes but the subject matter does not warrant parental concernThis was a rather small study however categorizing the types of shows that displayedviolent behavior by subject matter can assist a parent in monitoring their child's viewingselection.Amy Jane Wenglar, Bio 1 "Class Bio of George Gerbner"This is a review of George Gerbner's theory that concludes children's television showscontain significant amounts of violent acts. As a result , Gerbner developed the"mean/scary world" theory ."This theory concludes that people who watch more televisiontend to see the world around them as a mean place and are more frightened and cautiousin their real-world surroundings. They tend to be paranoid and afraid to trust anyone, dueto their own insecurities, which are based on what they perceive from television."(Severin & Tankard, 300). In one study done at Pennsylvania State Universitypre-school children were observed before and after watching television. Somewatched cartoons that had many aggressive and violent acts; others watched shows thatdidn't have any kind of violence. Children who watched the violent shows were morelikely to strike out at playmates, argue, disobey authority and were less willing to wait forr things than those children who watched non-violent programmes. (Severin & Tankard, 300).

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