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The Effects of Television Violence on Children 10INTRODUCTION The effects of violence shown on television towards children may vary depending on the childs age group how much television they watch each day and their reactions to what they have been watching What children see they tend to imitate And what they see on both broadcast and cable television is violence real and stimulated Arnow 199512 There is a strong correlation between the viewing of violent images and aggressive behaviour among children The more a child is exposed to violence on television there is a greater chance it will have a long lasting effect on their behaviour Arnow 199512 The impact of television on children is easily understood because most infants have the desire and capacity to imitate adult behaviour Arnow 199514 Young children tend to mirror adult facial expressions and behaviours As the child becomes a toddler they are incapable of distinguishing reality from fantasy on television Parents should continually remind their children that television is not real life Luke 1988124 Violent television shows such as wrestling are making kids fight more on the playgrounds and making society generally a more violent place to liveEasterbrook1999 1 The more violence is watched by children the more they may become less sensitive to the pain and sufferings of others and may be more likely to behave too aggressively or harmful towards others Luke 1988125 Various violent television shows being viewed by children today are beginning to poison the developing minds of the young These shows provoke young children to imitate what they have seen on television and re-enact what they just saw to their fellow classmates Even cartoons are beginning to be an influence on young children For example there was the fear that all terrible things that fell on Wile E Coyote mainly large rocks and anvils were encouraging children to drop heavy things on their friends and schoolmates Easterbrook 19991 It seems that
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