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Childrens TV Watching Should be LimitedViolence on television a controversial topic is causing an uproar throughout the nation Americans are frustrated aggravated and now even outraged from lack of social conscience in television programming Research shows within an eighteen-hour period viewers will witness approximately 1846 violent scenes in which 175 will result in fatalities and another 88 in homicides Television violence has proven to be a harmful influence on children adolescents and adults Many viewers want the federal to take immediate action to regulate television programming before the situation escalateMost critics opposed to regulating violence on television also believe this would constitute a violation of their First Amendment Rights to freedom of speech After realizing the harmful effects of television violence on human behavior especially children other critics will be in favor of the publics welfare Psychiatrists educators parental organizations consumer groups and religious leaders are now calling for FCC Federal communications committee and congressional action to regulate the television industry According to psychiatrists violence on television alters the viewers behavior In 1987 the John Krall Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association stated The evidence is overwhelming that violence in television programming can have a negative and severe behavioral impact on young people and adults However Channel 9 has many educational programs for children and adults such as Nova Sesame Street Historic events and so forth But is that enough Television violence causes viewers to imitate the destructive behavior that is being continually reinforced when children or adults watch violent shows over and over For example a nine year old boy received a poor report card and suggested to his father that they present his teacher with a box of poisoned sweets for Christmas an idea mimicked from a program viewed just weeks earlier Another young boy severely injured a family member placing ground glass in stew to see if it really worked Such incidents tell us that not only do people imitate the
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