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Psychological Association’s 1992). Another early study investigated young children’s willingness to hurt another child after viewing videotaped sections of aggressive or neutral television programs. The boys and girls were in two age groups, five to six and eight to nine-years-old. The aggressive program consisted of segments of The Untouchables, while the neutral program featured a track race. Following viewing, the children were placed in a setting in which they could either facilitate or disrupt the game-playing performance of an ostensible child playing in an adjoining room. The main findings were that the children who viewed the aggressive program demonstrated a greater willingness to hurt another child. (Liebert & Baron, 1972) Action is definitely played out in an

aggressive manner by characters that children can relate to. Children may view characters they see as role models in real life. Whether that character is a policeman from NYPD Blue or COPS, a fireman, or even an actor playing the role of a doctor as seen on shows such as ER or Chicago Hope, the child eventually develops a view of the world as a more fearful place to live in. Also, surprisingly enough, this view has carried on into adulthood. Since the 1970s, researchers have known that children who watch a great deal of television see the world as a meaner, scarier, and more dangerous place than children who do not watch a lot of television. Similar patterns have been found with adults . experimental evidence shows that heavy exposure to “slasher” movies like Friday the 13th

series actually does increase young adults’ fears and their tendency to see the world as a meaner, scarier place, so this might be the case with violent television and younger children, too. It is quite conceivable that both of these things are happening. (Media Awareness Network 1997). Children imitate what they see whether in real life or on television. As the child grows older and begins to understand the concept of resolution, the concept of a peaceful means of resolution may not be maturely developed due to the absorption of violent or aggressive acts seen on television. There is a corresponding increased acceptance of violence as an appropriate means of conflict resolution (Collins 216). Despite the views of many critics and broadcasters, statistically speaking, the

reality is that television is unhealthy for children because the violence shown causes children to more likely behave aggressively, become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others and become more fearful of the world around them. Control needs to be taken by parents to limit how much and what type of programs their child is watching. Parental control can definitely help develop the young minds to expand their capabilities, stay focused and learn non-violent ways of living. Appendix Some of the specifics and statistics that all parents should know include: * Children watch an average of over 28 hours of television per week. By the time the average child reaches the age of 12, he or she has witnessed over 8,000 murders. * Children’s television programs actually contain

five times more violence than the average prime time hour of TV. * By the age of eight, aggression becomes so ingrained in a child that it predicts adult aggression. * Children who spend more time watching violent TV programming are rated more poorly by their teachers, rated more poorly by their peers, have few problem-solving skills, and are more likely to get into trouble with the law as teenagers and young adults. * Those children most at risk are the ones who most prefer television violence. More aggressive children watch more violent television and actually prefer more violent television than their less aggressive peers. * Parents often worry that their children will not be able to fit in with their friends if they do not watch popular children’s television programs. The

research, however, tells us that children who watch more violent television programs are actually rated more poorly by their peers. * Researchers have determined that the high level of violence in our society is being made worse by so many children having a regular habit of watching media violence. Source: (National Parent Information Network. Article provided by Jeanne Beckman, Ph.D. http://npin.org/library/1996/n00152/n00152.html) Notes 1. Through doing my extensive research on this subject matter, and little did I know that this topic is so “extensive”, I kept finding out about newer and more current data and statistics. I tried to include the most recent statistics which seem to be put out by the government affiliate ERIC Digest. 2. One observation that I noted is that