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The Effects of Televised Violence on Children Today American children watch an average of three to four hours of television daily which averages out to be twenty-eight hours per week Many people may not be aware of how powerful an influence Television is on developing values and forming behavioral patterns in childrens lives Sadly much of todays television programs are violent Children age eight and under are effected the most by these acts of violence seen on TV daily This age is very crucial in a childs development they are learning social behavior that will stay with them throughout their lives At this age small children have trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality Studies have shown that here is when they begin to form their beliefs about aggression These TV shows are sending the message to children across America that yes violence is acceptable and that no one is willing to stop it We need to realize that small children see these cartoon characters WWF wrestlers and super heroes as role models they want to be just like them My own seven year old cousin had his forehead split open after his friend decided to hit him over the head with a fold-up chair which is done on WWF by one of their wrestlers His friends response was that the man on TV never ends up hurt This is why we need to view these shows through the eyes of a child we know and understand that it is so fake and far fetched on TV for anyone to believe that there is any truth in it that we many times assume that young children do to Unfortunately they dont and if they continue to watch this violence on TV only more and more children are going to end up with split foreheads if not worse Studies have also shown that young girls who often watched TV shows featuring aggressive
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