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Effects of Viewing Violence in the Media on Children's Behavior


***** study will focus ***** ***** relationship between viewing violence in the media and children's behavior. Specifically, this study will address the context ***** which violent images are portrayed and how those ***** affect long term behavioral development in children. My hypothesis is that ***** behavior is *****fluenced not only by the amount ***** violence they view regularly, but also by the ***** in ***** they view violent behavior. Secondarily, I hypothesize that ***** violence affects children in a neg*****tive manner.

***** feel ***** currently the ***** lacks sensitivity of approach and portrays overly violent images that children readily have access to. This ***** is unique in ***** I predict specifically that violence ***** ***** an "acceptable" context, meaning that the victim does ***** exhibit pain or ***** perpetrat***** is not punished, is ***** far more damaging than any other ***** portrayed. By ***** the biggest ********** of violence portrayal in ***** media ***** television. Children are most likely to be *****fluenced at a younger age by wh***** they see on ***** and in the *****. Part of their developmental process involves taking in ***** environment ***** shaping their values, beliefs and morals on the things ***** see in every day life.

Young children are more likely than adults to be *****fluenced by violent images *****y see on television *****cause they learn from visual cues and repetition. They will have a more difficult time separating fact from fiction, and may draw conclusions that ***** ***** aggression are acceptable forms of behavior without dire consequence, based on what ***** ***** in the media.

********** television programs and other media venues such as cinema and radio often portray violence in an acceptable, if not positive light. Children ***** nature learn from imitation, exposure and experience. ***** who see their favorite action heroes committing acts of ***** and aggression in the media ***** more ***** to act out on their own violent and aggressive impulses. Children also have less ability ***** control their impulses.


This dissertation will focus on two central questions: First, does the context in which violence is portrayed in the ***** affect children? Studies *****dicate ***** children are more likely to be influenced by ***** they see in the media than adults (BBG, 1997). The second question will focus on whe*****r violence in the media has a long term neg*****tive impact on children. Specifically, this study will examine violence in the media and its effects on elementary aged school ***** and adolescents. I intend to explore in detail ***** ***** ***** that television ***** has on children's tendencies ***** demonstrate ***** ***** ***** behaviors.

Null Hypothesis: *****re is no statistical evidence that proves that the context in ***** violence is portrayed ***** ***** media affects children's behavior in the short term or long term.

***** Hypo*****sis: There is statistical evidence that indicates ***** the context in which ***** is ***** in the media ***** children. Violence in


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