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Violence and the Media

by Bonnie122 / September 26, 2007 12:16 AM PDT

What are peoples opinions about how violence in the media influences childrens behavioiur?
I am researching this topic for some work and would greatly appreciate
peoples comments on the topic

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I dont think so
by girl_techie / September 26, 2007 1:16 AM PDT
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If you teach a child that violence is wrong and show it with the aid of televsion/ surroundings then the child won't learn to do violence, if the parents dont put imput early they cant change them later on when its bad.

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Violence in the media...
by Nicholas Buenk / September 26, 2007 1:26 AM PDT
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Is not necessarily a problem for children I'd suggest. Unless the media makes it appear cool or fun. Rather than how it really is, shocking and horrible.
ie, saving private ryan compared to say james bond.

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Good Example
by Renegade Knight / September 27, 2007 4:58 AM PDT

When I saw Saving Private Ryan, I don't think my jaw left the floor for the first half an hour.

Back On Topic. It does have an impact. Not in right or wrong, but much like caffene. A good hero movie can pump you up and you act like it. Something like Saving Private Ryan, can make you realize the reality and horror of war. That movie will make anyone think twice about war.

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Here we go...
by Magishine / September 26, 2007 5:17 AM PDT
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I did a paper on this back in high school and I feel pretty passionately about this.

If a child is influenced by violence on TV or in games, then it's the parents responsibility. This is especially true with videogames. Plenty of us have played violent games without any repercussions. If someone plays, say, GTA and then goes on a killing spree, then there were probably some problems in the way they were raised.

It seems that parents that blame TV, games and music for violence feel the need to shift the blame elsewhere when something happens. A good example of this was something I read about about 10 years ago. Parents were in an uproar about shows like Power Rangers because kids were imitating what they saw on these shows and getting hurt. Instead of explaining to these children the difference between fantasy and reality and that things like this shouldn't be impersonated, they blamed the TV stations and in some places, they pulled those shows off TV.

I feel that we as a culture feel the need to sugarcoat everything for our kids. Now, I'm not saying that we should sit our children in front of extremely violent movies or porn or anything of that nature, but taking it to the other extreme and pretending it doesn't exist isnt the answer either. Heck, I'm 25 years old. I've played a bunch of violent games and I've seen a lot of violent stuff on TV in my life. I even watched the reports on Bosnia back in 95, which would have made me 13 at the time. I've turned out just fine. I have no impulses to kill someone because of what I saw in a game

It's not the responsibility of the TV studios or Game developers to raise our kids for us. I don't know if anyone else noticed, but in some places (Best Buy for instance), you can't buy Halo 3 if you're under 17. Now I don't know about anyone else, but if my child is responsible enough to get a job and get the money to buy this game, they should be able to. What is the purpose of that anyway? A young child isn't going to have the means to buy a game without a parent and those who CAN get the money and buy a game are probably mature enough to handle it. I will say what games my child can or can't play. Not the stores.

Bottom line? TV is not a babysitter people. Don't plop your children down in front of the TV and then blame the TV when something goes wrong. Especially in this day and age, it's fairly easy to keep track of what your kids are watching or playing.

Just my opinion

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by Bonnie122 / September 26, 2007 5:24 AM PDT
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Thank-you for your comment, its good to know what people think about it!

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Very well said
by milkky / September 26, 2007 9:42 PM PDT
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You can track this through many years as well. Every so often a new evil influence is named, I think, to help people feel OK about their kids having problems. You know, it wasn't me, it was comic books, rock & roll, TV, working mothers, Dungeons & Dragons, video games--it depends on what decade you look at. It feels a lot better to have an outside influence to blame. But why do kids grow up on the same block, doing the same activities, and some go on to college and others turn into thugs and everyone else somewhere in between? (Not that college is an inoculation against thugdom!)

My most recent favorite example is the mass murderer who was caught a few years ago--sorry, can't remember the name, his nickname was intials like the "TDK" killer--but the dude was a boy scout leader and high up in his church. No said tried to point at either of those org's as being to blame, but at the same time Jack Thompson was running around about GTA saying because they found it in some disturbed kid's room then it must be what caused him to get a gun and go off.

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Violence, the Media, and Kids
by indy1333 / September 26, 2007 6:49 AM PDT
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Many people are trying to pin the rise of violence, pre-marital sex, and other immoral behavior on the media. While this is true to a small extent, the majority of the blame rests on the parents of today's kids and teens. It is the parent's job to put life's issues, including violence, into perspective. Many people treat the TV and video games as baby-sitters, leaving it up to Heroes and Halo to teach their kids what is right and what is wrong. They don't invest much time in their kids, and as a result many kids have a distorted view of what is right and wrong. If parent's would make an effort to make time for their kids and provide them with clear insight into life's issues, we would have a lot less problems with our culture.

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Everyone is an expert
by Papa Chango / September 26, 2007 7:16 AM PDT

Ok, how about the people who havent had sex yet abstain from commenting on how to raise kids?

I have no problems with violence, as long as it is treated worse than nudity. If my are children are too young to be exposed to it, then it is my responsability to see to it. Problem is violence is seen as lesser problem than a bare breast. I disagree, ***** are much better. And softer.

I do have a problem with the glorification and the banalization of violence (whether it be rappers, video games or the military cheerleaders).But man is a violent beast and Id still rather see psychopaths deal with their urges through games than in real life.

And anyone who says they havent used video games/movies as a babysitter are lying. Plain and simple.

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Don't get me started on nudity....
by Magishine / September 26, 2007 8:36 AM PDT
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....and how everyone acts like the world is going to end when exposed to it. Porn is one thing, but everyone going gaga over Janet Jackson a few years back was ridiculous

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Quite silly
by Nicholas Buenk / September 26, 2007 10:26 AM PDT

Only religious people actually consider nudity and pre-marital sex immoral. But everyone considers violence immoral.
So i think it's odd to even bring this up.

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Everything influences a child's behavior...
by GreyClaw / September 26, 2007 7:48 AM PDT
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...and so it is up to the parents of the child to provide the strongest clearest influences that their child will need to frame their lives.

If the parents set the examples and the boundaries as their child grows, it is less likely to be completely swayed by TV violence, peer pressure and the like.

I grew up in a close-knit family, the son of two former teachers who stressed learning as much as having fun. I was taken to movies like Jaws, and The Poseidon Adventure, etc. and thanks to limited TV back then, most of the members of my family had creative pursuits (baking, knitting, playing instruments, etc.) and read quite a bit.

My Grandmother (my main babysitter) was very religious and would read the bible to her grandkids and she never sugar-coated or dumbed down any of it and would discuss it with us or answer our questions. For a contrast her husband, my grandfather loved westerns, Detective and Spy novels. So growing up, I had equal parts Bible, Billy the Kid, Jack and the Beanstalk, and James Bond.

As time went along our restrictions to TV were lessened, but my siblings, cousins and I already had a more colorful, rich understanding of life than could be had just sitting immobile staring at the screen like a zombie for hours.

Yes we were influenced by TV... I still remember running around the house with a towel tied around my neck, jumping off the furniture believing I could fly, or accidentally putting my hand through one of the panes of glass in the living room window pretending I was the Hulk (it was a miracle that all I got was a little cut on the pinky finger!), but it was my parents application of love, candor, and most importantly disciplinary actions that helped me get to this point.

I would conclude that children are going to pick up both good ad bad from every source not just "the media." So parents have to be vigilant with themselves and exemplify the type of life they want for their children, because rest assured kids pick up on every signal their parents give off. Even though they may not have the vocabulary or fully understand, they notice every emotion, habit, truth, and hypocrisy in their parents.

My dad cites learning that he was going to be a father as the reason he stopped smoking. I can also count the number of I times I heard my parents use profanity in my presence on my fingers.

As I a parent, I would not let my children watch much TV, or use a computer in the home unsupervised, and I'll try to inspire in them an appreciation for learning and experiencing the world with their whole being, not sitting stationary clicking a button or watching a screen. Also, even though I am a fairly serious gamer I am not going to allow my kids to get into or have video games in the home til their teens, and if necessary, I would be willing to give them up myself to benefit them.

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