media violence By: kenny fuller E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Kenny Fuller Health The Impact of Media Violence I was reading in some of my information and it was talking about how ďmonkey see, monkey doĒ is a popular saying now days. Sixty years ago the television was invented. People looked at it as a technological curiosity ( I got that part from the info). For some people now days TV is their best friend. Most of them are little kids. TV shows the news, tries to make us buy certain things, and it also show violence. The only thing that it can do is replace written materials (Got that to). The bad thing is that these violent shows are dangering our society. Certain things on TV and movies have inspired people ( I could think of any other word to use so I used theirs) to set their wives on fire, lie down in the middle of the roads, rape, steal, murder, and to do shootings. Out of 1,000 studies it is proven that media violence can have a negative affect on adults and even children. When people watch these shows it makes them more aggressive and anti-social. After a few days of watching these shows people become less sensitive to violence and to victims of violence. After that happens they begin to have a hunger for more violence in entertainment and in real life. Media violence is especially damaging to young children between ages 8 and under. The reason for that is because they cannot tell the difference between the real life and their dreams. Some images on the TV and movies may seem so real to them that is might traumatize them ( I got traumatize from the info). Even with all of the media violence on shows, there hasnít been any real major changes to deal with the problems that keep growing. All the people glory the violence in movies, like the movie ďNatural Born Killers.Ē They are viewed as normal and everyday entertainment. Now days it is hard to find a childrenís cartoon that does not show some type of violence. The violence on shows isnít the problem though. It is what they donít show. They never show what happens to the people for doing the things that they do. This happens a lot in cartoons, toy commercials, and music videos. Children often do not realize that it hurts to hit someone else because they see it all the time on TV. Everyday in cartoons a character is beat up or killed. Then they come back in the next one and they are just fine. So then the kids think that they can do that to someone else and they think that they will come back tomorrow. If the people keep having a high demand for violent shows and movies, then the shows and movies will continue to be played. So if the way people think today stay the same then nothing is going to change and the show will keep on playing. So in that case our society needs to depend on the parents to cut down the violence that is shown to them. There are many different ways that, that can be done. First the parents should limit the amount of TV their children watch per day. It should be between 1 to 2 hours. Children are exposed to too much violence every day on TV. Mostly that is because parents see the TV as a babysitter. By cutting down the hours that they get to watch it makes the kids do something more productive, like trying to read a book or playing outside. When you decide to let your children watch TV you should always check on them to make sure they are watching something good. Even if you donít let your kid watch TV that doesnít mean that they arenít seeing it. Parents should also make a better effort to develop their childrenís literacy skills. They should help their children learn the difference between life and their dreams. Without doing that children often have a hard time telling between what is real and what is make believe. When they learn this then their parents should teach them about what happens to them if they draw violence to someone( I made that up that is why it sounds bad). The parents should tell them that pain is real and death is for ever. They also need to understand that weapons and other objects that cause violence can cause serious and life long injuries. All of this can be done by watching TV with children and going through the show and telling them that the violence and bad things that happen are fake. They should also ask the kids to think about what would happen in real life if those things happened. Like would anyone die or go to jail, or would anyone be sad? The easiest and most simple way to keep children away from the media violence is to teach them alternatives to violence( Yes I got that word from the info). Parents should not be so quick to let their children just sit and watch TV all day. They should get their children into some more productive and exciting things to do. It is important for children to be given a lot of support when they are dealing with violence. If they donít get that then they might end up like one of the criminals that are in jail right now. We are shown tons and tons of violence, brutality, and sexual immortality( No I didnít make all of that up). When children, teenagers, and adults do the things that they see on shows it is like they are playing a game of follow the leader ( no) and no one wins. There are so many non violent people in this world. That is because of education. So that means that we should keep on teaching the younger kids about violence. The End Opinion I didnít think that the info that I read was to bad. All the info I got though was to negative. Myself I like watching those kinds of movies. The other movies are just boring. Everything that I wrote was all true. The only thing I didnít like is how they were bitching about how they werenít changing the rules or whatever about what to show on TV. But they pay thousands and thousands of dollars to do that so I would just let it be. The info had a lot of good stuff in it though. So my opinion on all this is a 7 on a scale from 1-10.