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A child is watching his favorite cartoon Mighty Morphine Power Rangers After the show is over the child jumps up and runs around in a state of bliss hitting things the way that his favorite character did This scene is all too well known to parents The question that arises is Does aggressive or violent television cause a person mainly children to act in a aggressive way Well research has shown that the answer to this question is yes During the time that children watch television there is an enormous amount of violence shown The article Is Violent Television Destroying Our Children gave the amount of violent acts shown on a randomly chosen day The statistics were 2605 violent acts were shown on Thursday April 7 1995 on a Washington DC home wired for cable 566 of those acts were shown between 6 am and 8 am- the most prime time that children are watching Kolbert D20Marqette p1 This is an alarming thought If it is true that violence on televisi on leads to aggressive behavior then children are prime suspects for becoming aggressive Bandura did a study on the effects of aggressive behavior being displayed to children What he did was to have the children watch a grown man kick a beat a BoBo doll Then the children were agitated by not being able to play with toys that they liked After they were mildly upset they were brought into a room with a BoBo doll and allowed to play with it The other group of children where not exasperated as the others were The children who were made to be slightly upset and watched the person beat the BoBo doll acted more aggressive towards the doll They even went to the extent to hit it and say the same thing as the grown-up did This is just one of the studies done to prove that hostile behavior is learned by others this includes
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