Media Violence

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Parental Responsibility for Their Children and What They Watch By: Nadia Rahman Paper Due: August 3, 2001 Pimas TPR Mr. Matt Thoren Nadia Rahman PIMAS TPR July 31, 2001 Thoren 36 Parental Responsibility Must Be Exercised To Regulate Media Violence Today, violence in the media is being increasingly aired and children are susceptible to being influenced by the images they see on their television screen. Violence in the media may be expected, but the only way to protect children from violent or damaging material is to show them the difference between the television and real life. If parents don't fulfill their natural liability for the interests of their child, their children will become "immune" to the horrors of violence. If a child watches too much violence on television without limitations from their guardians, they will develop an impervious attitude to aggression. This outlook may be dangerous, because the thought that violence is "accepted" in their household may stimulate the child to act in a vehement way towards others.

Although most of the children who watch television don't become violent, they may be affected in other ways. The aggressor effect makes the child encourage violent behavior in themselves and their peers. This is often the most extreme effect of television violence on children. The victimized effect is when a child feels that they are targeted because they are weaker and of their gender, race, etc. Many times on television males play the role of the "sadistic" and women are targeted because they are considered vulnerable prey. The bystander effect is also considered a large problem. When a child has been exposed to a great deal of violence they become indifferent to the issue. This effect "leads to callousness, accepting violence as a norm" in children. Lastly, the appetite effect leads children...