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When children are taught how to tie their shoes it is because of how their parents showed them When children are taught how to do math problems it is because how their teachers show them With all of the role models how does television effect our children Many adults feel that because they watched television when they were young and they have not been negatively affected then their children should not be affected as well What we must first realize is that television today is different than television of the past violence is more prevalent in todays programming unlike the true family programming of the pastQuestions about the effects of television violence have been around since the beginning of television The first mention of a concern about televisions effects upon our children can be found in many Congressional hearings as early as the 1950s All of these reports agree with each other about the harmful effects of television violence in relation to the behavior of children youth and adults who view violent programming The only thing that we know about the effects of exposure to violence and the relationship towards juvenile delinquency scientists gather from correlational experimental and field studies that demonstrate the effects of this viewing on the attitudes and behavior of children and adults Children begin watching television at a very early age sometimes as early as six months and are intense viewers by the time that they are two or three years old In most cases the amount of televised viewing becomes greater with age and then tapers off during teen years The violence that is viewed is more important than the amount of television that is viewed According to most families the typical American household has the television set on for more than seven hours each day and children age 2 to 11 spend an average of 28 hours per week viewing The problem with this is that Programs especially designed
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