The Role Of Televised Violence And Violent Behavior Among Younger Children

1783 Words Dec 5th, 2016 8 Pages
A casual player of Grand Theft Auto might find humor out in killing strippers on the streets because it is “just a game”. Over the past 30 years, there has been major research on the relationship between televised violence and violent behavior among younger children. Cross- sectional, longitudinal, and experimental studies have all confirmed this connection. Today, many youths have television in their rooms which could give children a greater opportunity to view programs without parental supervision. Researchers show that young children could copy aggressive and dangerous acts on TV in their play with peers. Before the age of 4, children are unable to know the difference between fact and fantasy and may view violence as normal. Media Violence does affect youth violence; if people are playing violent video games or watching television it might lead them to more violent tendencies. Throughout the world many young children watch violent television shows and play violent video games without their parents knowing. Many children think it is right to act out violently because they do so in video games like Grand Theft Auto. In television shows like The Walking Dead there are people killing, fighting, and doing crazy things to each other. Many times they end up getting hurt. Young viewers will sometimes act on what they see. If kids play Grand Theft Auto they might think it is right to steal cars, shoot people, or hit women.
Children will view more than 200,000 acts of violence and…

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