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minutes” (Levine). So, it doesn’t last unless you dwell on it. The problem, they feel, is that people do tend to dwell on “cool” things. Also, this group feels there is a problem Moran 4 with the rating system on television program ratings. At first, it was just PG, TV 14, MA, and a few others. Now they have added L for language, V for violence, and S for a sexual theme. This is all well and good, but group #2 feels it’s too complicated, that people hate complicated things, and that the more complicated the ratings system is, the less people will try to figure it out (Grossman). While this group is not as uptight about television related violence, they basically want the same things as the first group, like a blocking system, closer parental watch, and tighter security

at the movies. Now, there’s one last group, the targeted demographic. The people that sit around all day and do nothing but watch television. They feel there isn’t a really big problem to be dealt with. They don’t want their television shows to be taken away because they’re “too violent” or “influential”. While they can’t deny all the facts out there, they don’t feel the problem of television related violence is really as big as some people make it out to be. They believe that yes, children should not see programs rated for mature audiences, but they should not be completely shut away from the world of television. They believe the only solution is for parents to monitor what their kids watch, and watch it with them, and they shouldn’t leave them alone with

the television (Elias). Moran 5 Yes, there is a problem with violence influenced by television, but it really isn’t as grave as most of the people think. As was explained before, violence among children has been at the point it is today for one hundred years. One hundred years. Television wasn’t even around for about fifty of those years. In a recent study, Mark Singer of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland said this of the results: “Witnessing or being the target of violence–at home, in the neighborhood or at school–in the past year correlated strongly with a child behaving violently toward others. The No. 2 factor was a lack of parental monitoring. TV was the least influential of the three” (Pitofay) This proves both of our points right there: Kids don’t

get all of their aggressiveness from television. A lot of it is from real life experiences. It comes from what their parents do at home, and it doesn’t help when a child is living in an abusive household (Lamb). Television, as well as movies, should be more tightly guarded, with parental supervision. Basically the same as groups #1 and #2. Also, if someone is so impressionable that they would risk their own life, not someone else’s, by imitating a movie, those people have something mentally wrong with them. As an example, a quote from Viewing Violence by Madeline Levine Ph.D.: “The largest and most appalling example of movie imitation is that of 26 people who shot Moran 6 themselves while playing out the epic Russian roulette scene from the 1978 Vietnam war epic The Deer

Hunter” (Levine) Why would you risk your own life, just because you saw it in a movie? One can only conclude that they do indeed, have a mental disorder, and are sick in the head. This is a problem that needs to be dealt with. The solution is simple: parents need to be with their kids, whenever they watch a television show, whenever they see a movie (up to a certain age). They need to talk about what is on TV, why they shouldn’t watch such programs. My views on a solution for this problem coincides with all of the groups aforementioned, more or less. In conclusion, the problem at hand, the effects of violence intelevision and movies, is a rather large one. We may have slightly different views on this topic, but there’s one thing almost everyone seems to agree on: there

needs to be a much better monitoring system. Parents must take charge of their children, and the children must obey. They don’t need to know about all the terrible things in this world, at least until they are ready. They don’t need to see the shocking things on television, and in the movies. Children today have enough to worry about in the real world, much less what goes on in the fantasy world that is the television. Moran 7 Works Cited “Children’s Television” Grolier Encyclopedia. Grolier Online 9 Feb. 2000 Elias, Marilyn. “Kids repeat Violence seen in life, not on TV…” USA Today 25 June, 1999. SIRS Knowledge Source. 3 Feb. 2000. Grosman, David and Gloria DeGaetaro. Stop teaching out kids to kill. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 1999 Jeter, Jon and Alexandra