How Watching Violence On TV Affects Kids By Nicole Adams

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According to the Livestrong.com article, How Watching Violence on TV Affects Kids written by Nicole Adams, children between the ages of 2 and 18 spend an average of three hours each day watching television. A three-year National Television Study found that children’s shows had the most violence of all television programming. Statistics read that some cartoons average twenty acts of violence in one hour, and that by the age of 18 children will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence on television. Since the invention of the television, as each year passes, children are spending more and more time watching television and using other electronic media that contains violence. Violence has become somewhat of a norm in American …show more content…
Currently, it is unclear who will win the case. There is a lot of reasoning and logic behind the parents of the slain child’s decision to sue HBO. According to the article TV Violence and Children posted on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, or AACAP, website, hundreds of studies of the effects of TV violence on children and teenagers have found that children may become "immune" or numb to the horror of violence, begin to accept violence as a way to solve problems, imitate the violence they observe on television, and identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers. This explains how a group of students were able to easily relate to and imitate the gang members of the TV show The Sopranos. These students may have watched so much of this television show that they were able to not even be slightly bothered when they saw gang violence. They probably thought the characters in the gang’s lives were interesting and they idolized it and tried to make it a reality. Many kids get ideas – good and bad – from things they see on …show more content…
If these parents wanted justice for their child, it would have made more sense to take it up with the parents of the murderers rather than the creators of the show that inspired the murders. A similar case is shown as reported in the Hollywood Reporter article HBO Wins Victory in Lawsuit from Gunshot Victim written by Eriq Gardener. In the article, Gardener states that after suffering injuries during a New York police raid, a woman sued the producers of a reality TV show produced by HBO for encouraging police to use excessive force. In the end, HBO won the case and the woman suing HBO lost. HBO was able to win because they never said anything directly to the police to convince them or promote them to be more violent and use excessive force. Similarly, the students who were believed to be inspired by the HBO show The Sopranos to kill another child were never told by HBO that this kind of behavior was alright, and never promoted the students to commit murder. The article on The Telegraph, Study finds no evidence violent video games make children aggressive had some interesting conclusions. The study found that those who played video games for less than an hour a day were less likely to have problems with aggression than those who do not play video games at all. On the other

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