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Download PDF Abstract Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents.
Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed. Pediatricians and other child health care providers can advocate for a safer media environment for children by encouraging media literacy, more thoughtful and proactive use of media by children and their parents, more responsible portrayal of violence by media producers, and more useful and effective media ratings.
Office counseling has been shown to be effective. Therefore, pediatricians and parents need to take action.
Children with a television in their bedroom increase their television-viewing time by approximately 1 hour per day. By 18 years of age, the average young person will have viewed an estimated acts of violence on television alone.
They are age based, which assumes that all parents agree with the raters about what is appropriate content for children of specific ages. Furthermore, different rating systems for each medium television, movies, music, and video games make the ratings confusing, because they have little similarity or relationship to one another.
The AAP offers an informational brochure that pediatricians can offer to parents and children to help them use the various rating systems to guide better media choices. Consistent and significant associations between media exposure and increases in aggression and violence have been found in American and cross-cultural studies; in field experiments, laboratory experiments, cross-sectional studies, and longitudinal studies; and with children, adolescents, and young adults.
Children are influenced by media—they learn by observing, imitating, and adopting behaviors. In this context, with helpful adult guidance on the real costs and consequences of violence, appropriately mature adolescent viewers can learn the danger and harm of violence by vicariously experiencing its outcomes.
Unfortunately, most entertainment violence is used for immediate visceral thrills without portraying any human cost and is consumed by adolescents or children without adult guidance or discussion. Furthermore, even if realistic portrayals of harmful consequences of violence reduce the typical immediate short-term aggression-enhancement effect, there still exists the potential long-term harm of emotional desensitization to violent images.
Exposure online to violent scenes has been associated with increased aggressive behavior. Three recent studies directly compared the effects of interactive video games and passive television and movies media violence on aggression and violence; in all 3 cases, the new interactive-media-violence effect was larger.
The consequences of their behavioral attempts influence whether they repeat the behavior. All violent media can teach specific violent behaviors, the circumstances when such behaviors seem appropriate and useful, and attitudes and beliefs about such behavior.
In this way, behavioral scripts are learned and stored in memory. Rather than merely observing only part of a violent interaction such as occurs in television violencevideo games allow the player to rehearse an entire behavioral script, from provocation, to choosing to respond violently, to resolution of the conflict.
Repetition increases their effect. In addition, some youth demonstrate pathologic patterns of video-game play, similar to addictions, in which game play disrupts healthy functioning. Several studies have linked media-violence exposure to decreases in prefrontal cortex activity associated with executive control over impulsive behavior.
Homicide, suicide, and trauma are leading causes of mortality in the pediatric population. Inunintentional injuries claimed lives, homicides claimed lives, and suicide claimed lives among 5- to year-olds.
The homicide rate for black males is 2. Some research has suggested that interventions of the types discussed below can reduce media-violence consumption and its effects on children and adolescents.
Pediatricians should ask at least 2 media-related questions at each well-child visit: Make thoughtful media choices and coview them with children. Coviewing should include discussing the inappropriateness of the violent solutions offered in the specific television show, movie, or video game and helping the child to generate nonviolent alternatives.
Parents tend to limit sexual content more than violent content, 38 yet research has indicated that the latter is potentially more unhealthy. Counseling about limiting screen time has been shown to be effective in office settings.
Avoid screen media for infants or toddlers younger than 2 years. On a local level, pediatricians should encourage parents, schools, and communities to educate children to be media literate as a means of protecting them against deleterious health effects of media exposure.
Media violence is defined as any media depiction of “intentional attempts by individuals to inflict harm on others” (Anderson & Bushman, , p. ). Any depicted character can engage in aggression. How media violence, from movies to TV to video games, adversely affects the brain. “Does Movie Violence Increase Violent Crime?” Quarterly Journal of Economics (): Web. Yes, violence has always played a role in entertainment, but in recent years, it is noticeable that media violence has not changed. In other words, the entertainment industry sees more violence as a means of making more money.
Media violence is often characterized in the public domain as a values issue rather than what it truly is: A recent revealed found that two thirds of parents actually favor increased governmental oversight of the media when children and teenagers are concerned.
Pediatricians should support and collaborate with media producers, applying our expertise in child health and development toward creating child-friendly and truthful media.
The AAP makes the following recommendations to the entertainment industry: Avoid the glamorization of weapon-carrying and the normalization of violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflict. Eliminate the use of violence in a comic or sexual context or in any other situation in which the violence is amusing, titillating, or trivialized.
Eliminate gratuitous portrayals of interpersonal violence and hateful, racist, misogynistic, or homophobic language or situations unless explicitly portraying how destructive such words and actions can be.
Even so, violence does not belong in media developed for very young children. If violence is used, it should be used thoughtfully as serious drama, always showing the pain and loss suffered by victims and perpetrators.Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents.
Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and. Aug 25, · A version of this op-ed appears in print on August 25, , on Page SR12 of the New York edition with the headline: Does Media Violence Lead to .
The media does not cause violence Violence has existed for thousands of years before the media was even thought up as a thing. In fact people were much more violent before the media. Does the mass media have a lasting effects on causing violence in our children and as well if it plays an influence in causing them to be violent as adults.
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By: Brittany Bostic, YES Research Assistant Social Media is a huge part of the lives of everyday Americans, and there is growing evidence to support the role that social media plays in youth violence, both directly and indirectly.
Very similar to the recent cyber bullying phenomenon, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have become a platform for youth violence.