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Television Violence and Its Effects on Children Often thought of as one of the most fascinating inventions of the Twentieth Century television has undoubtedly become a major part of our lives providing us with entertainment and information However much of what is on the television today involves violence Why Because viewers want to see action and excitement which usually involves something being blown up or someone being shot The only problem is that many of these viewers are children They watch so much violent television throughout their lives one must wonder if it has any effect on them at all After reviewing all the evidence it is obvious that violent television viewing does affect children in a negative way By the time a child becomes an adult he has witnessed over 144000 acts of violence on a television screen APA 1997 These acts of violence are absorbed by a childs mind and the child learns about violent acts and how to commit them through television But does this mean that just because a child watches violence on TV they will commit these acts of violence in real life There is evidence to prove that yes children do imitate what they see on television By the age of three children often imitate characters they see on television Ledingham 1993 Oftentimes what a child is watching on television involves an act of violence and therefore a child at some point or another will commit an act of violence in real life due to what he learned from TV Ledingham 1993 When a child watches violent actions that are either rewarded or not punished on television the probability of imitating the behavior increases Ledingham 1993 As a child ages they become more mature and begin to understand that what is on television is not what reality is like By the time they are teenagers most have learned right from wrong and they are less likely to imitate
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