Aggression and Violence
Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences
October 23, 2011
Aggression and Violence
In 65- year life, the average person will have spent nine years of watching television. By the time a child finishes elementary school, they will have seen 8,000 murders while watching television. There is a serious concern with the impact of television violence and the behaviors that a child has after watching television. Early childhood exposure to television violence puts both male and female children at risk for the development of aggressive and violent behaviors as adults.
The effects of tv violence on society has been studied and vehemently debated. Based on the studies conducted over the years, public health communities concluded that viewing violence poses a harmful risk to children. As ...view middle of the document...
This will help one to understand how violence with the media and television affects each child.
Around the age of 2 or 3, a child pays attention to the television when it is on and can take what they see and imitate what they gather. At the age of 5, children are actively searching for the meaning of the content. They are drawn in to rapid changes in scenes, fast movements, loud or intense sounds and sights.
Aggression is defined as a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack or any action resulting in injury or destruction. Parents need to be stepping in and taking action with their children before the exposure of television violence has an influence on their children. Parents can do this by limiting the amount of television their child can watch in a weeks’ time or even a 24 hour frame. They can also limit the types of shows their child can watch. They can also set restrictions on the television so the child cannot even feel tempted to see what something is because of the title on the television guide. All kids are curious and this is the best preventative action that one could make certain that their child isn’t watching something that is not appropriate.
Parents can also examine themselves and how they are behaving in front of their children. Young children are easily influenced and when a child sees something that is not appropriate by someone that they are supposed to be able to look up to and trust, what can the parent expect from the child?
Television is violent, and parents must use their discretion to get control and not allow their children to watch inappropriate television shows. The main issue of television violence is the content and the parental control of the violence.
Aron, A., Aron, E. & Coups, E. (2011). Statistics for the behavioral and social sciences: A brief course. (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Prentice-Hall.