Media Violence Effect On Children

Let's acknowledge that there's a pattern with debate on specific “go to” topics when something tragic is reported in the news. Specifically it's had to do with reported shootings in school around the United States, which seems to be an epidemic about as much as the debates. It's all about associating blame to something and it starts with guns and ends up with media violence and it's effect on children.

The line has always been there and groups have established themselves to fight against influential media, using statistics and other numbers while supporters of the media fight back. But what exactly is the effect? Here we'll look at a common sense approach to what that effect is.

Between News And Toons

Adults watch the news and children watch cartoons. Both media forms are fighting for viewing time, luring those viewers during certain times of the day. Without having a solid schedule locked down, it's easy to see when one form bleeds into another. Perhaps with special breaking news reports, cartoons are interrupted showing tragic events. What is the child to think about this when they're not prepared? One would hope they would be bored and ignore it. But the media is determined to grab the viewer's attention. At that point, where does the influence take hold?

Media Regulation

The action against media violence has been successful in establishing certain regulatory requirements that would be massive hurdles for small media companies. But they have taken hold in all forms of media, from television to gaming. But these things are not enforced so much as labeled as to say that they've done their job in letting people know what it contains. Merchants have certain guidelines to follow too. Whether it's movie ushers or game dealers, they cannot sell to minors directly at which point it's up to the parent to determine that.

Does It Have An Effect?

Depending on the upbringing, the child might respond positively or negatively to the violence. In some cases they will not want to see it and have no interest in it. But then who determines what is violence and what isn't? Is a shooting more violent as opposed to a wizard attacking someone with a spell? They both insinuate the same things. In other cases the child might take to the violence and wish to do the same. It's at that point that we should determine if they're in an environment that will allow them to act that out.

Parental Guidance

It all comes down to parental guidance overall. It should be noted that the responsibly of a parent is a fine walk between being stern and using some restraint. Knowing when to do that depends on the attention from the parent. For the most part, it would seem that children grow up knowing the difference and becoming well-rounded adults. In some cases however, one never truly knows and at that point, there will always be someone looking for something or someone to blame.