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There is still continuing disagreement and controversy on television violence and its potential effect on small children Certain studies have frequently shown that television can in fact cause aggression and violent behavior while networks such as ABC the American Broadcasting Company are confident and continue to argue that there are no scientific findings to show a link between television violence and unusually violent behavior in children In either case we have to wonder if we really need more censoring or a bigger effort to reduce the amount of violent scenes shown in current TV programming The effects of television violence have been displayed in many cases most of them having to do with children copying things seen on television Also the number of juveniles arrested for violent crimes increased dramatically between the years that television became extremely popular in the lives of American youth along with its simulations of crime and destruction Since then people continue to blame television for the aggressive behavior in their children Their feelings are understandable for many reasons If the content of violent programs is not what leads to violent behavior then is it merely a coincidence that the entry of television into the American home brought in its wake one of the worst epidemics of juvenile violence Mary Winn It is hard to believe that television violence will lead normal children to become juvenile delinquents Although many of the research studies do indicate a relationship between viewing violence on television and aggressive behavior the behavior seen in the research laboratories obviously do not involve rape or murder or any of the other serious crimes included in the FBI report of increased juvenile violence Instead any influence it has on children is for the most part proven to be much more subtle such as ordinary childhood pushing and shoving Many parents and organizations are taking action to further censor television violence and to reduce the amount of violence shown
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