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


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

PURPOSE/THEORY

***** study will focus on the 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 influenced not only by the amount ***** violence they view regularly, but also ***** the ***** in which they ***** violent behavior. Secondarily, I hypothesize that viewing ***** affects children in a neg*****tive manner.

***** feel ***** currently the ***** lacks sensitivity of approach and portrays overly violent images that ***** readily have access to. This ***** is unique in that I predict specifically that violence portrayed ***** an "acceptable" context, meaning that the victim does ***** exhibit pain or ***** perpetrator ***** not punished, is by far more damaging than any other violence portrayed. By far the biggest perpetrator of ***** portrayal in ***** media is 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 ***** values, ********** and morals on the things *****y see in every day life.

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

***** television programs and o*****r media venues such as cinema and radio often portray violence in an acceptable, if ***** positive light. Children by nature learn from imitation, exposure *****d experience. ***** who ***** their favorite action heroes committing acts of violence and aggression in the media are more ***** to act out on their own violent ***** aggressive impulses. Children also have less ability ***** control ***** impulses.

PROBLEM STATEMENT/HYPOTHES*****S

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

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

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

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