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Journalism & Communication
Pages 10 (2510 words)
The Effect of TV Violence on Children The 21st century has seen a rise in violent media programming on television. Crime procedural shows such as the CSI series, Castle, Law and Order, NCIS all share a common denominator. They all portray violence and murder as an everyday part of life.
Keep in mind that all of these programs are shown during the prime time block of 6 PM to 10:30 PM, a time when children are still awake and most likely to be watching television with their parents. Although the parents are there to talk their children through the scenes being flashed on television, the reality is that nobody, not even the child psychologists can accurately predict how a child's mind is truly viewing and understanding the images that he sees. It is because of this lack of understanding that parents and child experts are growing increasingly concerned by the shows being cleared for prime time viewing. That is because the parents and experts see the way that the shows change the behavior of the children with each passing day. Experts at the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have noted that (“Children and TV Violence”) violent TV programs increase the aggressiveness in children who normally exhibit pacifist behaviors. A child does not have the mental capacity to differentiate between real life and the realistic portrayals of violence on TV. Most specially when those images are repeated on a daily or weekly basis. ...
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