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No Longer Just Cowboys and Indians Children and Television Violence What has the world come to these days It often seems as if wherever one looks violence rears its ugly head We see it in the streets of our communities back alleys of our cities the schools our children attend and unfortunately sometimes even at home It is not a bold statement to say that violence has rooted itself in todays society For every cause there is an effect We know that violence exists but in order to stop it we must know the source In many peoples living rooms there sits a display of violence that often goes unchecked It is the television and the children who view it are often pulled into its realistic world of violent scenes with sometimes devastating results Much research has gone into understanding why children are so mesmerized by a glowing box and the action that takes place within it Research has concluded that television violence is a definite source of violent behavior in children This research that has been done by many people and organizations has proven time and time again that aggression and violence on television are linked Of the studies that have been carried out the results point to one conclusion television violence effects children in a manner that results in aggression and the effects can be life-long The effects have been seen in a number of cases In New York a 16-year-old boy broke into a cellar When the police caught him and asked him why he was wearing gloves he replied that he did not want to leave fingerprints but the startling part is that he discovered to do this on television In Alabama a nine-year-old boy received a bad report card from his teacher He suggested sending the teacher poisoned candy as revenge as he had seen on television the night before In California a seven-year-old boy
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