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


***** study will focus on ***** 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 children's behavior is influenced not only by the amount of violence they view regularly, but also by the context in which they ***** violent behavior. Secondarily, I hypothesize that ***** ***** affects children in a negative manner.

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

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

Many ***** programs ***** other media venues such as cinema and radio often portray violence in an acceptable, if ***** positive light. Children ***** nature learn ***** imitation, exposure ***** experience. ***** who see ***** favorite action heroes committing acts of violence *****d aggression in the media are more likely 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 ***** ***** violence is portrayed in the ***** affect children? Studies indicate that ***** are more likely to be influenced by ***** they see in the media than ***** (BBG, 1997). The second question will focus on whether violence in the media h***** a ***** term negative impact on children. Spec*****ically, this study will examine violence in the media and its effects on elementary aged school ***** ***** adolescents. I intend to explore in detail specifically ***** ***** that television ***** has on ***** tendencies to demonstrate violent and aggressive behaviors.

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

Alternative Hypo*****sis: There is statistical ***** that *****s ***** the context in which ***** is ***** in the media affects children. ***** in


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