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Does violence in the media affect peoples social behaviour A lot of research has been done on this matter Even though the mass media cannot be solely blamed for the increase in violence this century it is clear that the development has coincided with an increase in violence shown on television and video According to the UN Childrens Convention children should be able to have access to information from the mass media which promotes understanding tolerance equality and peace Children also have the right to be protected from violent and manipulating media Even though 187 countries have signed this convention few countries follow up and even if they do they have little say about over international mass media such as satellite television and Internet There was an interesting study on the web about how many people get offended by violence on television see below It shows how many people are offended by violence and sex in the four main programmes Major effects of children watching violent programs on television are Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others Children may be more fearful of the world around them Children may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others Children who watch a lot of TV are less aroused by violent scenes then those who only watch a little in other words theyre less bothered by violence in general and less likely to see anything wrong with it Children who have been watching violent programmes on TV often behave differently A study done at Pennsylvania State University showed that children who had just watched violent even just funny cartoons were more likely to hit argue disobey rules leave tasks unfinished and more impatient then the children who had just watched non-violent shows It has been calculated that
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