Does Mass Media Play a Role Causing our Children to be Aggressive and Violent?
By: Sze Lam (Grace)
For: Prof. Leslie Ehrlich
Date: Nov. 17, 2011
In our society today, mass media plays a big part in our everyday lives and we are bombarded by it constantly. Concentrating on the area of mass media violence and examining the various mediums such as television, movies, and the video game industry. Does the mass media have a lasting effects on causing violence in our children and as well if it plays an influence in causing them to be violent as adults. I will be describing the different theories used by the experts in explaining that the mass media does cause children to be violent. I will present my
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Over the forecast period, value sales of traditional toys and games are projected to increase by 12%, reaching C$1.8 billion in 2020. In contrast, value sales of video games are projected to increase by 49%, reaching C$5.4 billion in 2020. Clearly, the lifestyle attributes of many kids in Canada are changing and will continue to change over the forecast period (Euromonitor International, 2011). Health Canada also states that by 3 years of age, a child will attend 95% of their time to a children’s show and will imitate a televised model to the same extent as a live model (Health Canada, 1993). I have seen the direct cause and effect of this behavior. Observing a child with limited exposure to the power rangers, he almost immediately started acting out like them and wanted to be like one of them. Children at that age are very impressionable and want to role-play. They tend to copycat their parents or someone they idolize. This is shown to be consistent with George Herbert Mead’s Preparatory stage and Play stage (Ravelli, B. & Webber, M., 2010). As a result, media violence is damaging to them because they cannot easily tell the difference between real life and fantasy. Today, research has found that media violence has not just increased in quantity but as well it is more graphic, sexual, and sadistic. By the time the average child is 18 years old, they will have witnessed 200,000 acts of