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Excessive screen violence corrupts our kids Im working at the psychiatric ward at the Brisbane hospital I have 10-years experience working with children in this psychiatric facility Im here today to discus how excessive screen violence corrupts our children behavior It is very difficult topic to research because its hard to really observe the effect of violent TV on children firsthand We cant put children in an ideal laboratory setting watching violent programs and observing the effects because exposing them to violence may in fact harm them So children often behave differently after watching violent programs on TV Children and teenagers become immune to the horror of it and increasingly accept violence as a way to solve problems and become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others A well-known pediatrician Dr John Locke suggests that 70 of childrens accidents occur because of explicit wildness and high levels of uncensored violence in programs on TV This alarming fact indicates that children are growing up with far too much exposure to inappropriate behavior Children under the age of seven do not really understand what many shows are about and that makes them especially vulnerable Moreover the different styles and techniques used in programs can make them very attractive to children Therefore the under 7s are not intellectually socially and emotionally mature enough to interpret what they see on TV and they cannot understand the cause and effect which lies behind what they see on TV In addition violence is form of aggressive behavior which is unacceptable in our society We all have negative opinions about watching this on TV especially when bloodshed horror and fearful scenes are shown on TV Do we want our children to grow up completely desensitised to the horrible impact of violence on television Do we want our children to grow up with the impact of exposure to inappropriate television viewing to shape the way they
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