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TV violence and kids How much time does your child spend in front of the television What are theyre watching These are two very important questions for parents to ask themselves Why Studies have shown that children are learning more about life from media than in any other manner Nielson Media Research 1993 Now that is a sad truth One would think that this information alone would be enough to make a parent stop take a step back and evaluate how their children are spending their time Evidently it isnt because the average American child continues to spend approximately twenty-eight hours a week in front of a TV Nielson Media Research 1993 As long as the mothers and fathers of Americas youth continue to drag their feet in identifying evaluating and taking a proactive approach to eliminating the bombardment of entirely way to much violence into the 99 of American homes in which televisions reside Nielson Media Research1995 our children will continue to get dumber lazier fatter and not to mention more violent The consumption of violence through television has been on an upward trend since the 1950s At that time only 10 of American homes had televisions and the programming consisted of shows such as I Love Lucy Lassie and Father Knows Best tqjuniorthinkquestorg5676historyhtml By the 1960s the number of people with televisions in their homes had increased to fifty million and the programming now consisted of violent demonstrations presidential assassinations and the Vietnam War tqjuniorthinkquestorg5676historyhtml Now here we are forty-one years later The number of televisions in the home has increased to 99 in fact more families own a television than a phone Nielson Media Research 1995 A number of studies have been conducted in the past thirty years
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