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TV Violence and the Future of Our Children In recent years the news has seemed to mimic violence that appears in television and in movies Several incidents support the majority of peoples assumption that TV violence affects a childs behavior in many ways A childs judgment is hurt badly by viewing TV violence which can have some serious long-term effects First of all when children see characters on TV or in movies triumph by using physical force they begin to see violence as an acceptable way of resolving conflicts As a result children use physical or verbal abuse toward others on the playground or at school Some parents often worry that their children will not fit in with their friends if they do not watch popular childrens television programs American Children on average watch four hours of television a dayTorr Sadly most of this viewing is violence and hundreds of studies have shown that TV violence does have an effect on kids They become immune to the horror of violence gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems imitate the violence they observe on television and identify with certain characters victims and or victimizers American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry Children who view too much media violence may have more difficulty getting along with others If children do not see acts of kindness between other children and adults they are less likely to be kind or resolve their conflicts peacefully This makes other children less eager to play with them Along with verbal abuse violent TV programs do not teach good language skills Young children tend to repeat things they hear as they begin to develop their own vocabularies Violent movies and TV programs show children a very limited way to talk about their problems -- and to solve them For example the childrens show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers every episode ends with all the lead characters coming together as
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