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Television Violence and Children Imagine walking into a relatives house and their child comes charging at you claiming to be the yellow Power Ranger You think nothing of it at first he is just being a four-year-old Now imagine he is charging at you carrying a plastic sword In his eyes you are the enemy and he is going to take you out with his almighty weapon He swings the sword at you with all his might and he hits you in the back of the legs Ouch Your sister-in-law apologizes to you and turns to the child and scolds him Your nephew is left standing there confused He was only playing--imitating what he saw on The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers To him the yellow Power Ranger was considered to be a hero for taking out the bad guy It is this exposure to television violence that is having a negative influence on our children On average 98 percent of US households have at least one television and four hours per day is spent watching TV Facts and Figures I am sure many people have or know someone who has more than one television set in their home Many of us have a television in our living room and one in the bedroom also As a child the television in the living room was for my brothers sister and I to watch My parents would leave us unsupervised and watch TV in their bedroom Children between the ages of two and seven spend almost twenty hours per week watching TV unsupervised Facts and Figures Ninety-one percent of children over the age of seven spend their television time without their parents Facts and Figures This leaves children to be exposed to sexual content violence profanities and other adult situations Frank Lloyd Wright once said that television was chewing gum for the eyes Facts and Figures Extensive viewing of TV violence causes greater aggressiveness in children
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