Juvenile Delinquency Is Not A Issue For The American Government

896 Words May 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Juvenile delinquency has always been a thorny issue for the American government. According to Leapman, every four violent crimes committed by the adults are followed by one carried out by those under the age of 18 (p 118). Superficially, crime is a result of people’s personal aspirations and negative impacts of the environment. Although the direct causes of this process are unknown, violence on television is arguably the most powerful trigger of the juvenile violent behavior.
The first argument to be considered is that children, especially the little ones, are superb imitators. Simulation and modeling of their favorite heroes’ behavior can be frequently observed among the young. Children eagerly imitate whatever they see. For instance, when watching Sesame Street episodes they recite the ABCs again and again, and, finally, memorize the alphabet. Such example alone supports the idea that through simulation and repeated action kids can quickly master the new information and adopt behavioral patterns. The same is true for violence; it can be absorbed, processed and memorized in the same way as the alphabet. The key difference is that it is hurtful. Ample evidence gathered over the decades of research points at the strong correlation between exposure to violence on TV and hostile behavior among the youth. In 1950, only around 10% of Americans had access to the television while in the present day the numbers reach 99%. Moreover, around a half of kids have TV sets in their…

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