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At different ages children watch and understand television in different ways depending on the length of their attention span the way in which they understand and process the information the amount of mental effort they invest and their own life experiences These variables must all be examined to gain an understanding of how television violence affects children at different ages Infants are usually more interested in their own daily activities Even when they do direct their attention to the television infants are likely missing most of what adults consider to be program content infants only see television as a display of light and sound which they are able to group into meaningful combinations such as human or animal characters No research has focused specifically on how violent content affects infants but there is some evidence that infants can imitate behaviour from television when that behavior is presented in a simple uncluttered and instructional manner Children do not become real viewers of television until around the age of two-and-a-half As toddlers they begin to pay more attention to the television set when it is on and they develop a limited ability to get some meaning from television content They are likely to imitate what they see and hear on television The viewing patterns children establish as toddlers will influence their viewing habits throughout their lives Since toddlers have a strong likeing for cartoons there is a strong chance that they will be exposed to large amounts of violence At the preschool age children begin watching television with an exploration approach They search for meaning in the content but are still especially attracted to shows that contain fast move movement rapid changes of scene and intense or unexpected sights and sounds Because television violence is most of the time put in action-fast moving features preschoolers are will seek out and pay attention to violence especially cartoon violence It is not the violence itself that
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