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No Go Power Ranger
Renata C. Martin
Can and does television influence children to do bad things? The answer is yes, depending on what programs they are watching and what the content of that program is. Children’s brains are like sponges at young ages they are able to absorb everything they hear and or see, including things that are said by parents no matter how minor the incident and or non-influential. Television can do several things when it comes to the mind of a child. It can create ideas that the child is invincible and that unacceptable behaviors are okay. Television gives children a false green light for go that can sometimes lead to destructive behavior and or circumstances and sometimes even death.
Have you as a parent ever wondered how much television could actually affect your child or children? Did you know that the average child watches 2 hours of television per week and that most of the shows that are aired are filled with some type of violent or sexual image? Saturday morning cartoon or shows should or could be viewed as the worse. Every hour there is approximately 20-25 violent acts shown on shows like Ben 10, Power Rangers, and the Incredible Spider-Man (A.A.P, 2001).
As television grown rich on violence, we as a nation are threatened by the loss of our children’s self-esteem, increase of crime and aggressive behavior from our children. Daniel Boorstein, Liberian of US congress said “that television has the power to conjure up a self created reality that can mode public values and influence behavior” (A.A.P, 2001). Parents need to realize that a permanent impression is made on the young innocent minds of our children at an age so young that majority of them are not at the stage of reading let alone speaking.
Even teachers have noticed that there is a difference between children that watch television and those that don’t watch television. “The ones that watch tend to fidget in their chairs, eye contact is a minimum and their attention to stories is lessened significantly” (Hottecker). The children that watch television find it harder to focus and to stay that way especially when it comes to doing one activity. This causes problems with group activities which could cause a child to act out in a negative way towards his or her classmates and or others. The American Academy of Pediatrics once quoted that, “Children are influences by media-they learn by observing, imitating, and making behaviors their own” (A.A.P, 2001). The media has a huge influential impact on children, which is why they (the media) are starting to come under fire by educators, health care professionals, and parents. The big importances of this issue because center stage when one sees how many Americans share the concern of this issue, Children and Media Influence. In this group of Americans are politicians, who usually stand on the opposite side of one another are actually coming together on this important issue. ‘The statistical correlation between childhood exposure to violence in media and aggressive behavior is about the same as that between lung cancer and cigarette smoking” (Atkinson, 1999). Everyone knows that if you smoke cigarettes to the point of excess you will eventually get lung cancer and even though you may not die from it right away you are stuck with health problems which in most cases can and will lead to death. With that said the reason why this topic is so alarming is because majority of our children spend much of their free time parked in front of the television playing video games or watching the television shows. In an article published in the Village Voice by Michael Atkinson he said that “…copy cat crimes have attained the front burner notoriety, and someday soon Hollywood’s liberties will be pitted against the perceived welfare of American Children” (Atkinson, 1999). Atkinson said that because most...
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