In today’s society it is becoming more common for younger children to view and have access to violent media whether it be computer games, TV programmed or on the computer. However this was not the case many years ago. In the 1950 only 10% of american homes had a Television. In modern society 99% of homes have a television. This shows a significant increase into the the population that are exposed to more things through the media. Children in particular are exposed to more and more expeiriences that back in the 1950’s society would not have let children experience.
With the increase of television in the home aswell as an increase in children having televisions in their bedroom where the content of what is viewed cannot be monitored this increases the opportunities that the child has to be subjected to violence.
But does any of this really effect the child behavior and development or is this something that can be left and not dealt with having no ripple effects on society. Research suggest that children who are exposed to high levels of violence do have changes in their behavior. Research has been going on for a number of years into this area of study and it shows that in many cases children are spending around 28 hours a week on video games or television a week (that’s more than they would go to school) A child at the age of 4 years old does not have the ability to destinguish between fact and fantasy. Which can result in a child seeing violence and acting this out, they would not know it was wrong. If this type of behavior was to continue without anyone correcting them they would go on in society thinking this violent behavior was acceptable and that they could carry on with it. Children who go through life with seeing violence and not being corected on the acceptable behaviour start to become desensitized to the violnece that they see and then thay start to no be able to empathise with the the situations that they may find themselves in.
All of these factors lead us to a society today that is becoming something very different from 30 odd years ago and the increase in violence is becoming apart that it is coming from a society of violent media and computer games. Games need not be violent to be able to sell more or to be able to enjoy them. Children are so easily influenced they need to be having games that teach them positive attitudes in life and more research is being carried out on how to achieve this in modern day society.
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