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Many people have been debating over the recent changes in television Because the increasing juvenile crime rate is blamed on the rise in television violence many people are pushing to regulate or remove violence on television There have been many claims that television violence has affected the children Television violence does affect children contrary to the beliefs of some people as many studies have proven If there is something that causes us to behave the way we do as human beings after viewing violence on television and then copying that behavior where does that leave us as a society on what to do with television as an influential source in our behavior If a child will absorb something they see many times over and over then by the age of 18 an American Child will have seen 16000 simulated murders and 200000 acts of violence Senate 4 It is a well-known fact that many small children act out their heroes from television soon after watching them After watching Ninja Turtles I have personally observed small children act out the movie playing character roles from the movie Research has shown by following a group of 8 year-olds for 22 years the children that had increased levels of television viewing were more violent than the other children By increasing their television viewing time they were more likely to have committed a serious crime to be more aggressive while drinking and to punish their children more harshly than others This study was not only true in the United States but in other countries as well Tepperman 1 Also in a separate study of young male felons who were imprisoned for committing crimes between one fourth and one third admitted to consciously imitating crime techniques they saw on television Tepperman 1 America is the nation with the most violent television programming Second on the list is Japan so why isnt Japan experiencing high juvenile crime
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