Violence, Media and Children
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This paper examines the claim that children's repeated exposure to high levels of media violence negatively impacts their ability to resolve conflict peacefully. Research is presented that supports this view. The opposite perspective is also examined, with experts cited who believe violent behavior reflects the mores of society, not just what is seen through the media. Further statistics are evaluated, such as the degree of violence on television and the amount of time and exposure a child has to such programs. The author also explores the child's interpretation of consequences of violent behavior as viewed through the media. The paper concludes that violent programming negatively affects children, however it is not completely to blame when it comes to children and their responses to violence.
From the Paper:"Despite Eron's research claims that media violence negatively affects young children and adolescents, other research conveys the exact opposite. According to Michael Males, the vast amount of complaints against media violence "are misdirected" and that research into the effects of media violence "is unreliable and proves only a minimal relationship between media violence and real-life aggression." Males supports his argument to a great extent by pointing out that youth violence has much more to do with the general violent tendencies of American society. According to the American Humane Association, "One million American children are violently injured, sexually abused or neglected every year by adults. . .one million children are raped every year. . ." facts which Males purports "have been roundly ignored by the same media outlets that never seem to be short of space to berate violent rap lyrics." "
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