"Unless and until there is unmistakable proof to the contrary, the.
presumption must be that television is and will be a main factor in.
influencing the values and moral standards of our society- .
It often seems like everywhere one looks, violence rears its ugly head.
We see it in the streets, back alleys, school, and even at home. In many.
peoples' living rooms there sits an outlet for violence that often goes.
unnoticed. It is the television, and the children who view it are often pulled.
into its realistic world of violence scenes with sometimes devastating results. .
Television represents a major medium for socialization and education.
for children, teens and adults. Virtually all children in industrialized parts of.
the world are exposed to television from birth. They pay attention to it quite.
early in life. Television ca be a powerful influence in developing value.
systems and shaping behaviors. By the time that an American child reaches.
the age of 18, they would have spent more time watching television than any.
other activity except for sleeping. .
Much research has gone into showing why children are so mesmerized.
by this big glowing box and the action that takes place within it. Research.
shows that it is definitely a major source of violent behavior in children. The.
research proves time and time again that aggression and television viewing do.
go hand in hand. Violence in the media affects people by making children.
more aggressive and fearful, and less sensitive; and by causing teens and.
adults to have trouble with the law and to be more aggressive as well.
Television is a main source of entertainment for many people. As.
young children they are able to interpret the images that they see. In contrast.
to popular beliefs, they really do understand what is going on. Although.
children may not always be able to explain what they have seen verbally, they.
are able to recognize what they have seen. Children repeat what they see and.