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The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

American children watch an average of four hours of television daily.  Television can be a powerful influence in developing value systems and shaping behavior.  Unfortunately, much of today's television programming is violent.  Hundreds of studies of the effects of TV violence on children and teenagers have found that children may:

become "immune" or numb to the horror of violence
gradually accept violence as a way to solve problems
imitate the violence they observe on television; and
identify with certain characters, victims and/or victimizers

Extensive viewing of television violence by children causes greater aggressiveness.  Sometimes, watching a single violent program can increase aggressiveness.

Children who view shows in which violence is very realistic, frequently repeated or unpunished, are more likely to imitate what they see.

 Children with emotional, behavioral, learning or impulse control problems may be more easily influenced by TV violence.

The impact of TV violence may be immediately evident in the child's behavior or may surface years later.

Young people can even be affected when the family atmosphere shows no tendency toward violence.


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 12:24:10 PM EST
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