Should sex and violence on television be restricted?
Many believe that the explicit use of sex and violence on television has a drastic impact on the morals and teachings of our youth in today’s society. Children are placed in a difficult position, in today’s society, to fit in and be well liked and respected by their peers. They are at an early stage in their lives where nearly everything they see or hear will influence and shape them in one sense or another. As television costs have dropped substantially over the years, more and more families have access to the entertainment source. Decades ago, it was considered a privilege of the wealthy and upper-middle class to own a television. However, in contemporary society, it is uncommon for even the poorest of citizens in developed countries to be without at least one television set in their homes. There’s no denying that television is the primary source of entertainment when in the confines of ones home. “The average American household has the television set turned on 8 hours and 14 minutes daily…The average time American children spend watching TV each day is two to four hours (Trueman).” Therefore, I consider the television to be one of the most influential determinants in shaping a child’s attitude, morality, and their perceived notion of reality.
Television programs have a tremendous social impact that goes far beyond entertainment. Children are fragile in their early stages of youth and attempt to imitate or copy anything they witness. If they spend two to four hours a day watching television shows that glorify sex and violence, there’s no denying that they will be influenced negatively. Many hold the parental figures accountable for not being attentive enough to monitor what their child views on TV, which is a valid point. Parents are able to set restrictions to the extent that a numeric code must be entered in order to continue viewing the program. If parents utilized restrictions available to...
Cited: Trueman, Patrick A. "The Harm from Sex and Violence on Television and Practical Solutions to Protect Society." The Harm from Sex and Violence on Television and Practical Solutions to Protect Society (2008): 1-21. Community Defense. Patrick A. Trueman, 3 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 Jan. 2015.
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