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It has been calculated that American kids see about 200000 acts of violence and 25000 murders on TV by the time they reach age 18Schleifer 18 Arrests of people under the age of 18 for violent crimes rose 47 percent from 1988 to 1992 Miller 174 The American Medical Association conducted a study that found a direct relationship between viewing and homicide Miller 176 Does watching this kind of overexposure of violence have a significant effect on children and teenagers The answer is yes Many reliable sources have proven that violence in the media has a negative influence in children under the age of 18 The following paragraphs will explain how media violence shows children that violence is acceptable and that its ok to act in a violent manner Also how children imitate characters and people who use violence in the media display aggressive behavior are desensitization and sometimes gives them the belief that that violence doesnt hurt Finally above all the statistics deaths and arrests in kids due to violence committed by other kids has increased Experts say children think that violence is an acceptable way to deal with problems and conflicts Schleifer 18 Edgar 48 One example of this is a boy named Tim whom was interviewed about violence he was involved in at high school Tim said that what he saw television made his violent behavior seem more acceptable and it was the way to handle things He says he learned to by what he saw on the streets and on televisionMiller 57 We not only tolerate violence says Karl Menninger a renowned psychologist we put it on the front pages of our newspapers Children have even gone as far as to imitate characters and people who use and talk about violence Edgar 51 Some students try to capture the entertainment value they get from the big screen by acting violently in real
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