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Children of today are surrounded by technology and entertainment that is full of violence The average child spends three to five hours a day watching television Listening to music and playing video games are also favorite pastimes of children Many people ask the question Can these media affect a childs behavior The answer is yes and it is proven in the way children attempt to emulate their favorite stars by dressing in a similar style and the way children play games through imitating their favorite super heroes Thirty years ago not every home had a television They were considered a luxury that only the rich could afford Now many households have two or more televisions and children watch them incessantly Many television programs are extremely violent and children can learn violent behavior from watching these programs Studies show that viewing violent programs can affect a childs behavior making the child afraid worried or increasing the childs tendencies towards aggressive behavior Music is a big part of childrens lives especially as they grow and enter adolescence Music can be very powerful There have been numerous stories in the news about teens trying to commit suicide or committing crimes and then blaming it on song lyrics Perhaps the music itself is not such on influential agent but the artists are If they behave in an unbecoming manner many children will attempt to be like them Most people would agree that rap artists such as Eminem and Busta Rhymes are not good roles models with lyrics that promote abuse and crimes and that are full of cuss words Another form of entertainment that can have a strong influence on a childs behavior is video games Children today spend hours playing video games most of which have some form of violent theme or content The violence in video
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