Television Violence Essay

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I went to pick up my daughter from preschool today only to find out that she punched a little girl. She also kicked the teacher. I sat down with her and asked her why she hurt them. She said, "I didn't hurt them I was using my powers." I wondered where she might be getting the idea that she had powers, and that it didn't hurt anyone when she used those powers. I thought back to the last few nights. The only different thing in her life was the new show Power Puff Girls. It was then I realized that this new cartoon show she had been watching at home just might be the cause.

Children learn behavior through examples. Television is a major influence. One area of concern is the violent content in children's television and their access to
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They play out what they see: kicking, hitting, and punching. But, in reality acting out is violence. There is no-good guy." How do children convert the information on television and use it in play?

"At different ages, children watch and understand television in different ways, depending on the length of their attention span, the way in which they process information, the amount of mental effort they invest, and their own life experiences. These variables must be examined to gain an understanding of how television violence affects children at different ages" (Child & Family).

Children in preschool classes are not yet ready to decipher between fantasy and reality. They are fighting and hurting their classmates. This can create a loss of friendships, a loss of privileges, and at it's worst, a loss of child care. Cobb said, "Aggression is a natural instinct and we must guide these children to better solutions for problems." The child who is acting out not only can hurt others but can also hurt himself.
Who is responsible to protect children from violence, educate, and help teach resistance to violence? The government has the ability to regulate what is on our television sets, and when those programs should be aired. According to a Factsheet of events, early in 1990, "The U. S. 'Television Violence Act' is signed by the President and becomes law. This Act gives the major U. S. Networks three years to take voluntary steps to curb depictions of

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