The Effects Of Violence On Television

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TV is one of the most prevalent forms of media in today’s society giving young people incredible access to what is on the television. The access had been increasing in the last half decade since the standard of living has been going up. According to Eugene V. Beresin M.D. “In 1950, only 10% of American homes had a television. Today 99% of homes have televisions”. TVs are available in almost everyone home in the US and many children have a TV in their own bedroom. Despite the common idea that children should not have electronics during bedtime almost half of children are able to watch TV and movies in the comfort of their own bedroom. Media prevalence today is affecting everyone in society with problems such as obesity and attention problems. …show more content…
Violence on TV includes rape, murders, beatings and other acts of violence. Cartoons are no exception to the violence on TV and sometimes cartoons have even more violence than other shows. Beresin reports that by the age of 18 “the typical American child will view more than 200,000 acts of violence, including 16,000 murders”. With an average child viewing this extraordinary amount of violence by a young age, there is nothing stopping young people from believing this is a normal occurrence in life. Watching “16,000” murders on TV before someone is even able to vote can change the way someone views the world and effect how they see other people. Despite recent reports claiming crime is going down in the United States, people’s perception of crime is going up no doubt a result of the violence many witness on the television. Children should not be able to experience this much violence on TV and there are little to no regulations of what can be shown on TV no matter what time of day it is. Children are learning from what they see on TV and Beresin also notes that “In general, violence on television and in movies often conveys a model of conflict resolution. It is efficient, frequent, and inconsequential. Heroes are violent, and, as such, are rewarded for their behavior”. Children look up to the heroes they see on TV, many are huge role models …show more content…
Despite the rating system that has been in place, many young people still have easy access to watch whatever they are interested in seeing. Susan Knapp summarized a study about children seeing R-rated material in movies stating “These movies, all R-rated and not meant to be seen by children, contained scenes depicting such things as sadistic rape, sodomy, brutal of ritualistic murder and cannibalism. On average, these especially violent movies were seen by 28 percent of the sample” The rating system set in place is supposed to prevent children from seeing violent depictions and inform their parents about questionable scenes in a movie they are showing to their children. Yet the rating system does not appear to have prevented many from watching violent acts and sometimes even attracts them to what they are not supposed to be seeing. Craig A Anderson and Saleem Muniba researched better ways to encourage kids to watch movies appropriate for their age group, “Implement content code ratings rather than age-based ratings. Content code ratings would specify questionable material. There is evidence that content ratings are more informative and less likely to attract young viewers” By changing the rating system and giving parents more information, young children would less likely see violence portrayed in movies. A new system may

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