The Negative Effects of TV Violence On Children
The effects of television on children have been researched many times over the years. This is because parents and society in general, have found that television effects the way that children think, and act in some way. Most feel that children’s programming is not as educational as some broadcasting companies say they are.
Television is the largest form of public media to ever exist. But it was not always this way. Television in the 1950’s was very different from the television that we know today. When television was first created, it battled the newspaper, radio, and movies (Klapper 1968, 89). To be violent is human nature, but when television was introduced to the America, the American public feared that depictions of crime and violence on television would lead children to become more aggressive in their day to day life (Klapper 1968, 87). Now in the present, many studies have been conducted to test the theories of psychologists, sociologists, and even mothers and fathers (White 1999, 4)
The following research that has been conducted will hopefully help humans learn the effects of television violence on children, positive or negative. The data has been collected
The main reason why writers include violent actions in their show is because it has been proven that children easily understand violence (Cantor 1998, 158). Do you think that television is the only source of violent media for children When this was asked, 21 people agreed that it was the only source, but they said that it was the main source of violent media. With the invention of the "V-Chip", adults are able to block out certain programs, so that their children will not be exposed to certain shows. Although this was only a small study, it was still seen that people do not see television as a major threat to a young child"tms mind. With twenty to twenty five acts of violence per hour, prime time"tms eight acts, does not look so bad (Lion and Lamb Project 2000, www. These two people are both above the age of 20, and they are both female, which may bring us to say that females are more concerned with what is being shown to the public. Teenagers were chosen as the primary sample for the research, because violence was used a lot more on children"tms programming when they were kids, rather than what the average adult would have seen when they were children. In past research it has been determined that it is rarely the choice, or preference of a child to watch violent programs (Bryant, Carveth, Brown 1989, 109). Since the science world has not been able to find the answer to this, it seems as though most of society is still questioning the possibility as well. A large majority of these studies have concluded that large quantities of television may be damaging to a child"tms mind (Levine 1998, 9), and through the use of surveys, it is seen that seventy percent of parents agree, or strongly agree that television is disruptive to a child"tms mind (Durkin 1999, 27). The populations being studied were children who did watch a lot of television, and children who did not watch a lot of television (Klapper 1968, 87). Although this research helped us find some answers to why people watch violent programs, and if children are actually being exposed to this type of programming, and if they are, is it having a negative effect on them, we are still unable to write anything in stone because of the many limitations of the study. Children's exposure to violence in the mass media, particularly at young ages, can have harmful lifelong consequences. Lastly, when the researcher asked his sample if they had thought that television had negatively effected them, nobody had answered that it had effected them, all of the answers were split between "no"tm, "not really"tm, and only two people said that it had effected them, but only a little bit. This was so because a questionnaire ideally involves many subjects, and is a very flexible method of conducting research.