television violence and Children
Honors American Literature
“Go, go Power Rangers!” Millions of children heard that very line echo through their homes as the Power Rangers defeated yet another foe. Whether it be an alien or a petty thief, the message was clear: fight. Of course television violence has evolved for children. Now they watch their favorite superhero defeat the villain with a ray gun or super strength. Perhaps they are supposed to interpret the violence differently if it is hand drawn and not acted out, but one thing remains omnipresent, violence. Commercial television for children is 50-60 times more violent than prime-time programs for adults, some cartoons average more than 80 violent acts per hour.
In the 90s it was Scooby Doo, Power Rangers, Tom & Jerry, and Superman. Everyone watched television then. No one told them that sitting there like mindless drones would turn them into mindless drones. No one told them that everything they saw would eventually dig its way into their subconscious and wreak havoc. Of course not many people know that even today. On Saturday mornings kids would wake up, grab a bowl of cereal, and sit in front of the television for five hours watching cartoon after cartoon, I did. There weren’t many educational cartoons on back then like Backyardigans and such unless you were watching KPBS; but who did that? So instead millions of kids are watching Tom get whacked in the face with a frying pan and the red ranger round-housing yet another creep. Once twelve ‘o clock hit all those kids that just saw a new fight sequence are outside testing the moves out. If they’re lucky they’ll cry to mom with a scraped knee. Others aren’t so lucky, they cry to the doctor over a broken arm and leg; and for what? To portray their favorite Power Ranger!
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Today we watch Ben 10: Alien Force, Johnny Test, and Fairly Odd Parents. Once again we sit there so engrossed in which alien Ben will turn into next that we don’t know what catastrophic idea our minds are coming up with. Of course there are those that might prefer to turn off the tube and hit the books. Who am I kidding? Those people are usually too old to know what a Kick-N-Go is. And once again the kids are outside trying to search for ‘fairy-god-parents’ to make their wildest dreams come true. When they give up, it’s back to the BB Guns which simulate ray guns but seem to hurt much more. Coincidentally at the end of the day some cry over a small bruise, others end up with eye patches.
Adults are no exception when it comes to television. They gossip about how Detective Gorrin made another criminal break down and confess or how Agent Booth shot that one guy. Come on. Did you really think the brainwashing stopped when you turned sixteen? Television adapts to you, not the other way around. They start with dance shows to see if the newest dance craze will catch on and work their way up to a new CSI, as if there aren’t enough on television already. Where do you think all the criminals get the idea to represent themselves? Even if they’ve seen it fail countless times on Law & Order, the one time it works they find hope. Do you know what your rights are? I’m sure any avid crime drama viewer does. In almost every episode it’s recited, and sooner or later it’s set in stone. Don’t under estimate television; it’s smarter than you think.
Don’t worry, every once in a while there is a show that tries to incorporate good morals. There was Hey Arnold, the kid with the football shaped head; every episode was about typical growing pains. Even Cartoon Network tried its hand at educational programming but that didn’t work out. After a few months of complaints it went down the drain. Kudos to Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. Kids have no choice but to watch Ni Hao Kai Lan. At the end of five hours kids with a good enough attention span may be able to say thank you in Chinese.
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It’s obvious that television violence won’t go away any time soon so why fight it? Even though kids that can’t distinguish fact from fiction shouldn’t be shown cartoons like Naruto and The Justice League, it is still inevitable. According to the ACT Against Violence Project, on average, young children spend two to four hours per day watching television and viewers of violent programming can come to perceive the world as more violent than it really is. By age 18, a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence.
//www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp American Psychiatric Association