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Media Violence and Its Effect on Children
Mie Awadon 17 February 2017
Transcript of Media Violence and Its Effect on Children
Why is Media Full of Violence?
Recommendations and Conclusion
Abstract and Method
This research aims to find out the effect of media violence on children lives.
In addition, we try to find out the reasons including violent scenes in the media content.
Finally, we talk about what everyone in the society should do to face the increasing media violent.
We have done two surveys:
One on 15 parents who have children between 3:12 years old.
One on15 teachers of kindergarten and elementary schools.
A position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is based on research examining the amount of violence present in the media as well as the effect of exposure to violent programming on children’s development. Data clearly indicate that violence in the media has increased since 1980 and continues to increase.
How Do Violent Media Affect Children’s Development?
Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, they may become more fearful of the world around them, and they may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways toward others.
Exposure to media violence leads children to see violence as a normal response to stress and as an acceptable means for resolving conflict.
Research demonstrates that watching violent programs is related to less imaginative play and more imitative play in which the child simply mimics the aggressive acts observed on television.
To Gain Profits
The television business is about making money, a programmer will do anything to increase ratings “more eyeballs", and if that means having supermodels eat worms, well let's do it!
Networks are desperate for market share, and that desperation shows in the programming decisions they make.
People Love Violence
Researchers in America tested a common view presented by media producers that children like to watch violent programming. However, some television producers believe that spiking cartoons with a dose of violence doesn't make children enjoy them more.
The researchers conclude that if producers are willing to work on making cartoons that aren't violent much, they can still capture their target audience better and without the harmful consequences.
Is Media Violence a Mirror or a Constructor?
Violence is everywhere and everyone is exposed to it including children, but is violence a mirror to what happens in society or is it a constructor, imagination created by the media producers.
Of Couse, violence exists in our world, but is it that much as we see it in the media, of course not, as the media world is different from the real world, the media world contain more violence than the real world. Media represents the violence of the society as it reflects it with a distorted mirror by focusing on certain aspects and exaggerating the amount of violence presented in the media.
What Should Policymakers and Broadcasters Do?
Establish limits on violent depictions during hours children are likely to watch television.
Develop a parental guidance rating system.
Limit advertising during children’s programming as Studies show that children up to eight years of age are less likely to “learn the lesson” of a program when ads intervene the program.
Prohibit product-based programming whose primary purpose is to sell toys, especially when those toys facilitate imitation of violent or aggressive acts seen on television.
What can teachers do?
Assist children in developing skills, to assist children to become critical viewers of all forms of media.
Inform parents of the impact of violent media on children’s development.
Work with children when themes of television violence appear in their play to facilitate more appropriate problem solving.
Share their knowledge of child development and the effects of violent media viewing with sponsors of children’s programming.
Use media as an educational tool, as children are mentally active during television viewing.
What can parents do?
Parents need to talk with children about what they observe through the media, to find out how children are interpreting what they see and to help clarify misinterpretations.
Parents need to be aware that much of what children watch on television is not specifically intended for children.
Parents should help their children interpret and analyze the viewed material by means of family discussion.
Parents should assist children in finding alternatives to viewing adult television.
The prevalence of violence in any society is a complex social problem that will not be easily solved. Violence in the media is only one manifestation of the larger society’s fascination with violence. However, media violence is not just a reflection of violent society, it is also a contributor. If our nation wishes to produce future generations of productive adults who reject violence as a means of problem solving, we must reassert the vital role of government in protecting its most vulnerable citizens and, together, work to make media part of the solution.
Consumers can undertake a range of activities to influence the type and quality of media viewed by children.
Media Violence in Children’s Lives
From the Teachers Survey
From the Parents Survey
From the Teachers Survey
From the Parents Survey