TV Violence and the Future of Our Children
In recent years, the news has seemed to mimic violence that appears in television and in movies. Several incidents support the majority of people's assumption that TV violence effects a child's behavior in many ways. A child's judgment is hurt badly by viewing TV violence, which can have some serious long-term effects.
First of all, when children see characters on TV or in movies triumph by using physical force, they begin to see violence as an acceptable way of resolving conflicts. As a result, children use physical or verbal abuse toward others on the playground or at school. Some parents often worry that their children will not fit in with ...view middle of the document...
Children are visual learners and television is more visual, more salient, more intense than simply reading a story to your child.
Secondly, children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others. Viewing violence encourages children to see other people as enemies rather than as individuals with thoughts and feelings like themselves. Children who cannot put themselves in others' shoes may become less desirable playmates. One perfect example that supports this idea is the Columbine High School tragedy in which two young men opened fire, detonated bombs, and killed several school mates and teachers. Two of the many causes for their rampage were watching the movie the Matrix and not feeling any remorse for their predicted actions. Because the boys were so used
to witnessing violence in television, movies, and games, they did not pity the people they were going to hurt. Also, some people argue that TV violence only reflects on our society and is okay to watch. Children model both the positive and negative behaviors that they see, so since parents are their children's most important teachers, they need to regulate the period of time a child watches TV. Children watching violent television view the acceptance of aggressive behavior, even if this aggressive behavior is performed by the good guys. Children learn that the way to resolve conflict is through fighting. Children need to learn that violence is not the preferred
method of conflict resolution. Parents of today need to take a more active role in teaching their children how to resolve conflict and to get along with others.
Finally, by viewing violent acts on television, a child's already limited ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, and reality and fiction is weakened due to the simple fact that they are not yet able to do so very well. After many television encounters with violence, the child may come to believe that violence is a part of everyday life in the real world. When a young boy in Ohio...