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Children and TV Violence Violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior Saturday morning cartoons is some of the most violent time on TV Despite slight variations over the past decade the amount of violence on television has remained at consistently high levels Why is it that like the tobacco companies twenty years ago the present day television broadcasting companies refuse to consent that violent films and programming can and do have harmful effects on their viewers What can be done to combat the stubborn minded broadcasting companies and to reduce the amount of violent scenes that infest the current air waves Parents can protect children from excessive TV violence in the following ways 1Pay attention to the programs their children are watching Watch some with them 2Set limits on the amount of time they spend with the television 3Point out that although the actor has not actually been hurt or killed such violence in real life results in pain or death 4Refuse to let the children see shows know to be violent and change the channel or turn off the TV set when something offensive comes on with an explanation of what is wrong with the program 5Disapprove of the violent episodes in front of the children stressing the belief that such behavior is not the best way to resolve a problem The amount of time children watch TV regardless of content should be moderated because it keeps children from other more beneficial activities such as reading and playing with friends Children watch an average of three to four hours of television daily Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior Unfortunately much of todays television programming is violent This does not mean that violence on television is the only source for aggressive or violent behavior but it is a significant contributor The V-chip is a small part of the answer parents are the ones
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