Parents as Role Model Persuasive Essay by Julian

This paper discusses the role of parental mediation in the debate on whether media violence increases aggressiveness in exposed children and teenagers.
# 151897 | 836 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2012 in Psychology (General) , Education (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This essay argues for a holistic view of the factors that affect child development: these factors include everything from genetic heritage to gender, neighborhood, native culture, socioeconomic status and of course the age of the child in question. It concludes that it is the parent's responsibility to ensure that their children have a full understanding of good and bad, thus reducing the effects of media violence.

From the Paper:

''The debate on whether media violence increases aggressiveness in exposed children and teenagers has begun in the US in the 1950s, but by the end of the 20th century it was largely over, in the face of insurmountable evidence that this was indeed the case (Anderson et al., 2003, p. 81). Scientists have not only found correlations time and time again, in thousands of independent studies, but have also developed a good understanding of the cognitive processes behind this learning of violence through media exposure; field literature describes these processes at length, from observational learning and imitation, to automatization of aggressive behaviors, to arousal transfer effects and emotional desensitization (Anderson et al., 2003, p. 94-96). While it is less clear what can be done to minimize the negative effects of such exposure, field literature has plenty of suggestions to offer on this topic as well. In this brief essay, I argue that parents should not underestimate the extraordinary influence they may exercise as role models and should take a proactive role in terms of guiding their children's interaction with the media environment; in my view, this is more than likely to result in significant improved outcomes.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics. Media Violence. (2001). Pediatrics, 108(5), 1222.
  • Anderson, C. A., Berkowitz, L., Donnerstein, E., Huesmann, L., Johnson, J. D., Linz, D., & ... Wartella, E. (2003). The influence of media violence on youth. Psychological Science In The Public Interest (Wiley-Blackwell), 4(3), 81-110.
  • Gentile, D. A. (2009). Media Violence and Public Policy: Cutting Through the Hype. Pediatrics For Parents, 25(7/8), 20.

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