Television Violence


Violence in television, is it turning our children into violent,
destructive, and hateful toddlers. Yes or no? In today\'s society television
plays such a big role in our everyday lives that it is hard to see if it
effects our children\'s behavior. Television has the potential of being a very
constructive learning tool, if used correctly. On the other hand if used in a
destructive manner it could, hypothetically, turn our children and future
leaders of tomorrow into deadly hate mongers. I believe that television does
effect the way people think and behave.

In a survey given in 1978 at an unnamed college in Washington D.C., when
asked if what was seen on T.V. effected the way they acted ,2% thought it did ,
7% didn\'t know and ,91% didn\'t think it effected them at all(2). In 1993 a
similar survey was given in London by the Broadcasting Standard Council( BSC ).
When people were asked if they thought T.V. effected the way people behaved
41% said yes, 4% left without finishing the survey, and 55% said that they
didn\'t think it effected the way people acted(14).

As seen in the survey the problem of television violence is being made
more aware to the people of the world. The problem has also grown over the
years to a more serious dilemma making the government start to try and solve
the problem by initiating laws in which television stations must limit violence
on T.V.(6). It is still not enough though the problem must be taken care of
promptly before it changes society as a whole. If the problem is not taken care
of swiftly then it could effect the future of the world by having violence
rampage the streets of our towns.

In the past when television was first invented it was a much happier
time. people could walk on our streets without having to care if they were
going to make it home alive. I\'m not trying to say that television is the reason
that society today is so dangerously violent, but as violence on television
evolved so did the violence on our streets. In the past there were not as many
violent T.V. shows if there were even any. Also T.V. was more of a family
recreation, most families could only afford one T.V. set so when children
watched T.V. they were supervised by their family making violence almost an
impossible thing to see if parents were not interested. Today, there are an
average of three televisions per household so it is harder for parents to make
sure their children are watching suitable programs. This also makes it easier
for a child to watch unsuitable violent television shows(7).

In today\'s society violent acts occur commonly that can be linked to
television or movies. In December of 1993 a young ten year old child after
watching an episode of Beavis and Butthead went into his two year old sisters
room and lit her baby crib on fire. This not only burnt the house down , gave
the ten year old kid serious third degree burns, but also killed the two year
old baby by burning to death(8). Also in October of 1993 after watching a
movie intitled " The Program " a handful of college kids mimicking a scene from
the movie laid down in the middle of a busy intersection and dodged traffic.
This little sheraid killed two of the kids, gave another two serious injuries
which put them in the critical care unit of the hospital for a month before
recovering , and gave one student a fractured collar bone and multiple
fractured ribs(15). Because of these two incidents and many more television
violence has been brought to the attention of the citizens of the world. It has
also grabbed the attention of the United States government. Since these
occurrences the government has strengthened there hold on the collar of the
television stations around the U.S. by making stricter restrictions on T.V.
shows(3).

In the future, The government has put together laws that they would like
to pass to limit television violence. Such rules are 1) A set of 1-800 numbers
for parents to call to get information on T.V. shows that contain violence.
This way the parents can choose or limit the viewing of violent programs for
there children. 2) Also there would be a count of violent incidents in a show
before each program on the television, this would also allow parents to
regulate children\'s viewing. 3) Violence warnings would be shown before each
show containing violence ( This is already done with