Essay Media Violence and Children

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Media Violence and Children Violence in the media has come under a lot of scrutiny lately. Even though this is not a new concern, it has resurfaced as the pinnacle of many debates among politicians, parents and educators. Children are progressively becoming more aggressive. This is in direct correlation to violence becoming more prominent among adults. Parents and educators continue to stress that the damage violent media inflicts on children will continue into adulthood. Multiple studies have demonstrated that violent media makes violent adults. This problem is larger than just turning off the violence. The media distributors need to stop mass producing and distributing violence to children. Until executives at television, …show more content…
One particular study followed children from childhood to adulthood. The children who frequently watched media violence became violent adults (Huesmann, Moise-Titus, Podoiski, 2003). The extent of the violent behaviors ranged from road rage to murder (Huesmann, Moise-Titus, Podoiski, 2003). Domestic violence was one of the more prevalent forms of violent outbursts (Huesmann, Moise-Titus, Podoiski, 2003). It is important for educators, parents and concerned citizens to take an active role in preventing the impact of media violence on children. In order to help this process, The Parental Advisory Committee obtained legislation that requires a warning label on all music that contains questionable lyrics (Steyer, 2002). The movie industry has a rating scale which guides responsible adults as to what is appropriate or inappropriate (Steyer, 2002). Video game manufacturers have resorted to a rating system on all games (Steyer, 2002). Television is the newest form of media to adapt age ratings for programming (Steyer, 2002). All these measures are in place to protect children from unwarranted media effects (Grapes, 2000). It is, however, the parent or guardian's position to be a responsible adult and screen what the child sees, hears, or plays (Grapes, 2000). Despite these measures that have been taken to censor media from