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By age 18, the average American child will have viewed about 200,000 acts of violence on television alone. The level of violence during Saturday morning cartoons is higher than the level of violence during prime time. There are 3 to 5 violent acts per hour in prime time, versus 20 to 25 acts per hour on Saturday morning.

  • The Television Project
  • After the Jonesboro killings, the head of the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Juvenile Violence came to town and his primary message was that children don't naturally kill.

    It is a learned skill!
    And they learn it from abuse and violence in the home and, most pervasively, from violence as entertainment in television, the movies, and interactive video games.

    Television gives us permission. "They Killed Kenny" may be funny to a teen-ager, but to a latchkey child of eight whose parents are working and absent, the television becomes the parent, providing the values that that child will use at school and at play.

  • Reporting on Violence - A Handbook for Journalists

  • "...few news stories on violent events included information about the precursors to violence or how such incidents could be prevented. Our analyses found that it was often what was left out - or perhaps never asked about - that was crucial for a more comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand. Our goal became to expand the range of information available to help journalists craft more meaningful stories.

  • Channel One

  • Channel One in our schools

  • Is Channel One good for our schools?

  • The Center for Commercial Free Education

  • The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education is a national non-profit organization that addresses the issue of commercialism in our public schools. The Center provides support to students, parents, teachers and other concerned citizens organizing across the U.S. to keep their schools commercial-free and community-controlled. By providing our constituents with the information and the skills that they need to have a voice in the running of their schools, we facilitate leadership development and democratic participation at the local level.

  • Effects of Television
    "Televised violence suggests to young children that aggression is appropriate in some situations, especially when it's used by charismatic heroes," Huesmann said. "It also erodes a natural aversion to violence." Huesmann recommends that parents restrict viewing of violent TV and movies by toddlers through pre-teens as much as possible.

  • ABC A Division of Disney

  • NBC

  • CBS

  • Turner Broadcasting

  • MTV

  • Fox TV
    Got Milk? Fox, Monsanto and rBGH

    provides information about the impact of media on children, and gives people who care about children the resources they need to make informed choices.

  • The Media Channel

  • TV Free America
  • The Federal Communications Commission
    "We are standing at the threshold of a new century, a century that promises to be as revolutionary in the technology that affects our daily lives and the future of our country as the inventions that so profoundly shaped the past 100 years.
    FCC Chairman
    William E. Kennard
    About the FCC: