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By the time the average US school child finishes elementary school he or she will have seen about 8000 murders and 100000 other acts of violence on television and if the child also has violent games films or cable TV these numbers are even higher Denial par 1 There has been intense debate about whether widespread exposure to media such as movies television music video games and internet influences our behavior In the aftermath of various school shootings there has been increased public concern that media violence causes aggressive behaviorOpposing Views on Media Violence ExposureThere are many people who doubt that there is a correlation between media violence and aggressive behavior These individuals believe that real violence in society is responsible for breeding aggression They believe that the increase in media violence today is a reflection of real violence in society Cutler 20 For instance they attribute school shootings to be more influenced by the news media because they glorify violence in an effort to inform the public then by the depictions of violence in entertainment media People who share the opinion that violent events in real life have a stronger influence on aggressive behavior also believe that they cant simply ignore the way media violence reflects and reinforces what is already out there Rapping par 7 For those that disagree that there is a correlation between media violence and aggressive behavior find that media violence is a complex issue that does not accuse media violence as the only risk factor but actually claims there are other factors involved According to the American Psychological Associations Commission on Violence and Youth it states inborn temperament early parental abuse or neglect poverty cognitive impairment plus a deficiency of corrective influences or role models may lead to aggressive behavior Cutler 19 Depending on the age of a child and varying degrees of these factors children deal with media violence differently Whether a child has been exposed to aggressive
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