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Should Violence in the Media Be Accessible to Children What has the world come to these days It often seems like everywhere one looks an act of violence is taking place We see it in the streets back alleys of cities schools and even in the home not only where it is taking place but also where it can be seen on various forms of media such as television movies and video games Violence in these various forms of the media often leads to an increase in aggressiveness and can sometimes lead juveniles to commit violent crimes By constantly viewing these acts of violence children and adolescents may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others fearful of the world around them and be more likely to behave in aggressive ways toward others Murray When it comes to violence on television most of the research has been done on children because they are considered most susceptible Leland 46 These days kids are learning things not only from their parents but also from that big glowing box that tends to occupy them when the parents are not around John Leland of Newsweek magazine states Psychologists have used four theories of learning to describe how TV violence may influence kids they learn to imitate what they see on TV they learn from the frequency of violence on TV that it is normal they become desensitized to real peoples suffering and they become aroused by images on television triggering violent responses 46 According to John Langone For some television at its worst sic is an assault on a childs mind an insidious influence that upsets moral balance and makes a child prone to aggressive behavior as it warps his or her perception of the real world Others see television as an unhealthy intrusion into a childs learning process substituting easy pictures for the discipline of reading and concentrating and transforming the young viewer
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