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What Parents can do to Counteract Media Violence

09.23.2009 · Posted in Family Articles

The statistics related to violence in the media are staggering. According to the National Institute on Media and the Family, an average of 20 to 25 violent acts is shown in each hour of children’s television programs. Another study done by the organization showed that 61 percent of children’s television programs contain violence, with 71 percent of the offenders showing no remorse. A 2005 study showed that children, ages 8 to 18, spend more time in front of computer, television, and game screens than any other activity in their lives except sleeping. rnrnWith all of this time spent observing violence and violent behavior, children are bound to be negatively affected. A 2006 study proved that exposure to media violence is positively related to subsequent aggressive behavior, aggressive ideas, arousal and anger. Young children are especially vulnerable to violence in the media because they learn by observing and imitating, and they are easily impressionable. Content does matter, and the negative content that flows through the radio airwaves and through our cable antennas are harming our children’s development and growth.rnrnMuch needs to be done in this area to ensure that our children are protected from the images and references to violence in the media, but much needs to be done to undo the damage that has already been done. Parents need to counteract the negative statistics and give kids what they need most

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