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
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 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.
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MediaWise 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
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