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Children dont naturally kill It is a learned skill And they learn it from abuse and violence in the home and most pervasively from violence as entertainment in television the movies and interactive video games Oliver Stone 1995 Children today can see someone get shot or killed on the television and mimic that act at very young age But it is not until the age of about 8 or 9 that the children actually understand what is going onOliver Stone 1995 Violence is defined as any overt depiction of the use of physical force or the credible threat of such force intended to physically harm an animate being or a group or beings Salt lake Tribune 1996 Many experts believe that if television technology had not been developed there would be 10000 fewer homicides in the US 70000 fewer rapes and 700000 fewer assaults causing injury These are the findings to a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association1997 According to the National Institute of Mental Health a report confirmed that violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch those programs Children begin to notice and react to TV very early By the age of three children will willingly watch a show designed for them 95 of the time and will imitate someone on television as readily as they imitate a live person Parke and Kavanaugh 1977 The average time children spend watching television rises from about two and a half-hours at the age of five to about four hours a day at age twelve During adolescence average viewing time drops off to three hours a day Liebert and Sprafkin1988 Young children do not process information in the same way as adults Nor do they have the experience or judgement to evaluate what they see For example children between the ages of six and ten may believe that most of what they see
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