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The Effects of TV Violence on Americas Youth For years many have disputed over whether or not violent acts on television influence children Television violence without a doubt effects children When children are constantly viewing violence on almost every channel they watch it makes it hard to argue that there are no damaging effects The reason is because children have not yet matured enough to fully distinguish between what is of the real world and what is of the television world Also children adapt to what they see around them and if violence is what is all around them they will adapt to that Children can start to believe that violence is admissible in our society when really our society is trying exterminate the violence that makes its presence known in our country The screen portrays an angry hostile world and television is no longer reflecting the world but the world is starting to reflect television Scully 1993 Websters Dictionary defines violence as rough or injurious physical force action or treatment unjust or unwanted exertion of force or power On television this exertion of force is seen everyday and on almost all channels Forces such as murder rape beatings the use of guns and other weapons to hurt others are aired for youths to view and absorb The average child sees eight thousand murders and ten thousand acts of violence before finishing elementary school and by the time one is eighteen he or she has seen twenty thousand murders and forty thousand acts of violence Weir 1995 That is an astonishing amount of violence for one child to witness especially when it excludes that violence that occurs in everyday life Violent programming is an additional dose to the child and it is a significant amount Also it has been shown that the violence on TV is increasing In the past decade violent acts on television have increased eight percent where as educational
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