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Television violence affects kids Littleton Colorado Springfield Oregon Jonesboro Arkansas Pearl Mississippi These previously unknown suburban cities will forever be branded into our minds These cities are linked by one devastating factor young students firing upon fellow students and educators The entire country is wondering what causes these young peoples violent shooting sprees Although the events are too recent to fully understand their causes we can try to understand what led to the disastrous situations The impact of television violence on youth behavior has been an issue for many years Television stations and their executives tend to deny televisions contribution to youth violence Unfortunately there is a direct correlation between television viewing and violence This provides one plausible cause for the appalling rise in violence on Americas school campuses Television has had a profound impact on American society This impact is due to the fact that the television has become standard in many homes In 1949 only two percent of homes had a television Today the opposite is true only two percent of homes do not have a television Murray 1 Television is used to inform entertain and educate the public Children make up a large part of television viewers The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry AACAP states that American Children watch an average of three to four hours of television daily AACAP 1 Unfortunately many children are left home alone after school thus their television viewing is not restricted Violence on television has notably increased in the last 25 years William Goodwin stated A five year study by the American Psychological Association found that the average child witnesses 8000 murders and 100000 other acts of violence on television by the seventh grade45 John Murray acknowledges this statement and adds that 5 violent acts per hour occur during prime time and 20-25 violent acts
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