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A major topic of conversation nowadays is whether or not voilence ontelevision causes children to bahave more violently Shortly after I began to researchthis topic I realized that it is not a clear cut issue Evidence can be easily found tosupport each position In the following essay I will examine the different positions thatcan ba taken on this topic and try ro form my own view on the affect violent TV has onchidren The first position I will examine is the one in which it is believedthat without a doubt violent TV increases the likelyhood that a child will behave in aviolent manner This stands is examined in the Macleans article intitledPower tothe people Televisions teen Rangers Kick up a storm The author of this articleParticia Chrisholm explains a heated debate over the affects that the kids show TheMighty Morphin Power Rangers has on children According to this article thehemeted lycra covered Rangers acts as a bad influence on children Manyparents have come to believe that the childen try to act like the kids hreos A cocernedmother Kathryn Flannery went so far as to petition the CRTC The CRTC responded by sayingthat the show is avassively to violentChrisholm 1994 p52 As a result ofthe petiton many stations voluntarily refused to air the controversial kids show Thiscase shows the power that people can have over the CRTC Unfortunately the parents werenot able to entirely shield their children from the Power Rangers TV show Many USbroadcasters available on cable continued to air the show Another study that supports this belief that TV violence causeschildren to act more violently is an experiment conducted by Leonard Eron and hiscollegues In these studies Leonard Eron and his collegues studied childern for a numberof years and measuread peer ratings obtained from each childs classmates By doing thisthey could see if violent TV changed the attitudes of the children In the end it wasconcluded that violent TV significantly affected the way
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