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MASS MEDIA VIOLENCE AND THE EFFECT ON CHILDREN Violence in the media is a problem in American society today The effect can be severe and widespread The people exposed to this media violence are mostly children They are very impressionable and imitate what they see hear and are told by their friends In this essay I will state my opinion and the opinions of several physiologists and other officials Violence on television has been an issue that has plagued man from the day it was invented Numerous shows depict violent acts such as rape murder and other such acts that many people consider inappropriate for adolescents According to some studies the average child watches about 27 hours of television week In some cases it is as much as 11 hours a day on a weekend With the current amount of violence that is on television today these same studies estimate that the average child sees 8000 murders and 100000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school In 1992 there were over 1800 acts of violence shown on television a day over 360 those showed an act involving guns Mediascopes National Television Violence Study found that 57 of television programs aired in 1994 and 1995 contained some violence most of these were cartoons So the question is should we ban violence from the television or should we just leave it the way it is Some people believe that it should be banned from stations that show childrens programs to prevent the exposure of those children Sometimes children see a great amount of violence on television they begin to think that this is right and start to imitate the acts that they see on television which are not the things that the parents want the children to learn from One example of this is a thirteen-year-old boy who shot his best friends father and then put salt in the wounds When he was asked why
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