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THE EFFECTS OF MEDIA VIOLNCE ON CHILDREN On April 20 1999 two boys by the names of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their High school in the little town of Colombine Colorado and opened fire on their fellow classmatesSome say it was the parents others say just pure teen adolescence I say it was the media In the 1950s Television was first introduced to America only ten percent of the families owned a one television in their home by 1960 that number increased to a mere 90 of the people owning a TV but now a whopping 99 of homes in our country own a TV 54 of chidren have one in their own room Television has become so much of a part of are existense that it is virtually impossible to imagine life without it We all love TV We cant help ourselves But the question is what is TV doing to us and how much is too much Children begin to react to television at a very early age studies show that by the age of three 95 of children will imitate someone on TV as they would a real live person and children between the ages of six and ten believe that most of what they see on television is true life Children learn more about life through the media than any other matter It is said that the average child from the ages of three to twelve will watch a minimum of 28 hours of TV a week meaning children spend more time in front of the so called Boob Tube then they do in the classroom This makes them very vulnerable to the effects
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