Goal: To inform both kids & adults about the dangers of media violence and how it could lead to serious mental problems and aggressive behavior.

Blog #1
There's nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of your television going in one ear and out the other. As children, we all love cartoons. And every cartoon show is packed with action. No action, no show; no show, no audience; no audience, no money. Because our society is crazed about making money, companies do not care about the message being sent out to the kids. To them, as long as the show meets the minimum criteria, it's going on air.
Cartoon shows such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park are meant to be directed towards people from ages in the late teens and up. But the number of little kids, mainly boys, who watch these shows, are abundant. This topic became an interest to me after realizing the effect that these shows may have upon kids in the future.
I, personally, believe that show writers, cartoonists particularly, should be more considerate among the young population of our country. Very few to no adults watch cartoons so when we think cartoons, we think little kids. And little boys knowing how to hold a gun at the age of 5 is not something we want. There should be more restrictions on what young kids are being exposed to when they turn on the TV.

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Blog #2
Parents are not always responsible for what their children watch. If it wasn't broadcasted on TV in the first place, there would be no need to worry. Saturday morning cartoons for example, contain 20-25 violent acts per hour. Imagine how many acts you'd see by just flipping through channels.
About 46 percent of TV violence occurs in cartoons. A very few percent of these cartoons show any signs of long-term consequences or pain from the violent acts, therefore, kids have become more brutally aggressive.

Media violence can also lead to fear and a feeling of victimization.
This can be proven by the following studies:
-75 percent of high school students reported media violence at moderate to high levels
-10 percent sought counseling due to nightmares, anxiety, and fear associated with media violence
-3rd to 8th graders confirmed the relationship between trauma symptoms (such as nightmares) and increased television viewing

Although there are ratings to assist parents to decide on programs to avoid, there are many problems with this system. Certain labels such as, "parental discretion advised" and "R" have been shown to attract children, especially boys. And even something as friendly as rated G, for general audience, or rated E, for everyone, such as children's cartoons, can be violent though they're not purposely meant to be.


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Blog #3

Not only can TV violence cause aggressive behavior among children, but can also develop mental problems for adults that can never be cured.

The events of September 11th caused many people to develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Studies show that people who watched television a few days following the event developed stronger symptoms of PTSD than the people who:
-live in New York City
-had a friend or relative involved in the event
-witnessed the event right before their eyes
The power of media upon us is extravagant. Whether or not we want it to affect us is not an option.

The violent scene of the twin towers collapsing did not only stun adults, but also children as well. About 85% of children said that their basic sense of safety and protection were shaken by the live scene being televised.
I was in 4th grade when the attack of September 11 happened. As I remember, most kids were confused about why we were all being sent home so early. But that wasn't much of a mystery by the time we got home. With the press of a button, every one of us saw the tragedy happen right before our eyes.


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Blog #4
Some might say that the parents are being irresponsible. About 80% of parents said they've talked to their children at least sometimes about anxiety, but only about 37% of their children said the same about talking with their parents. And 72% of parents said they've talked to them about depression, while only 36% of their children said the same.
So how can parents help prevent bad side effects from TV violence?

P oint out that although the character is not hurt or killed, such violence in real life can cause pain or death
R efuse to let your children watch shows known to be violent
E ncourage them to play outside, do homework, or hang out with friends
V enting about "too much TV" is not effective
E xtensive viewing of television causes greater aggressiveness, so set a limit to their TV time
N ever let children break their limit of television time
T urn off the TV when offensive material comes on


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Blog #5
Call of Duty is, by far, one of the most popular games among today’s teenage boys. The accessories that can be used with the game, such as, headphones to talk to other players, make the experience seem more realistic than it really is. The company who makes the game has already successfully come out with its 6th version. With each version, the advances allow you to familiarize more with the real scenes of a battlefield. Some of these graphics are just too bloody, therefore, gaining its name for "disturbing" scenes. Though some references to drugs are made, it’s not as influential as the violence. The game teaches you military tactics and combat techniques using machine guns and sniper rifles. The purpose of the game is to simply, kill. Blood can be seen on the players you kill. Violent games such as Call of Duty are a big caution to the health and behavior of young boys.


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Blog #6
Almost every person living on this planet agrees with the saying, “music is life.” Without music, the lives of people are simply incomplete. But who would’ve ever guessed that music would transform from an educational root to a harming and violent effect. Back in the day, country, blues, and jazz songs were popular. Music was inspirational and heart-warming. Now? It’s all about the rap and how the lyrics connect to your own life. Most of the songs nowadays are about sexual relationships or violence. Eminem, one of the first rap artists to top the charts became popular because of his controversial rap songs.
Kim by Eminem:
"Don't you get it, bitch? No one can hear you.
Now shut the fuck up, and get what's comin' to you... You were supposed to love me!!!!! (Sound of Kim choking)
Lyrics like these are no good to the listeners. They reflect terrifying experiences in our lives.
Most people listen to sad songs when they’re sad because they feel that the song “explains” them. But listening to depressing songs won’t make you any happier. In fact, it will make you even more miserable! So just because your favorite artist sings or raps about depressing and violent acts, do not let them affect you.

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Blog #7

Movie theaters, the greatest and most convenient pastime we all enjoy. We pay an average of 10-11 dollars to watch a movie being projected onto something that average Americans don't have at home -- a large screen that stretches from one end of the room to the other. These movies are not broadcasted on TV until years later, so if you wanted to watch it, you must go while the movie is still playing. Rated R movies are not permitted for children under the age of 17 to watch unless there is consent from a legal parent or guardian over the age of 21. These are the only restrictions, but they’re not effective. Teenagers who are under the age of 17 sneak into rated R films. It’s not hard or easy, but it’s highly possible. These rated R movies are usually packed with violence. The shooting or stabbing of a person is generally shown in a close-up.
Chuck Norris is amongst one of the most popular action fighting men of all time. He has been injured or killed 455 times in 27 movies. That's an average of 16-17 injuries / kills per movie!


Blog #8

Another study shows that if TV had never been introduced, each year the United States would have:
-10,000 fewer homicides
-70,000 fewer rapes
-700,000 fewer injurious assaults

-44% of kids say they watch something different when they're alone than with their parents (25% choose MTV)
-66% of children (ages 10 to 16) surveyed say that their peers are influenced by TV shows
-62% say that sex on TV shows and movies influences kids to have sex when they are too young
-77% say there is too much sex before marriage on television
-65% say that shows like The Simpsons encourage kids to disrespect parents
-By age 18, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence. - American Psychiatric Association
-Children younger than 8 "cannot uniformly discriminate between real life and fantasy/entertainment…They quickly learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving even complex problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero."

These statistics show that media violence, indeed, does affect today's young population. We need to be aware of what children are being exposed to to minimize the harmful affects.