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

PURPOSE/THEORY

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

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

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

M***** ***** programs and other 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. Children who see their favorite action heroes committing acts of violence and aggression in the media are more likely to act out on their own violent ***** aggressive impulses. Children also have less ability to control their impulses.

PROBLEM STATEMENT/HYPOTHES*****S

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

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

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

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