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What I Think About Televised Violence

Children viewing TV violence
Drawing by Yuki Izuno

We watch many acts of violence on TV, and then we don't feel violence is violence. We need to have more time doing other things than watching TV.


Yuko Dokura from Japan

Violence on television affects people. In fact, when I watch shooting, killing and fighting on TV, it breaks my heart.

Sometimes I can't open my eyes to watch it. If I watch violent programs every day, I may come to feel nothing gradually.

I think it's not such a big problem with adults. They distinguish TV programs from real life clearly, but it's not good to watch too much.

We watch many acts of violence on TV, and then we don't feel violence is violence. We need to have more time doing other things than watching TV.

It's important to communicate with the family, go outside and do exercise, enjoy a hobby, think about something, and so on. TV is one part of our life enjoyment (learning information), and we must choose TV programs wisely and watch actively. If we watch TV violence this way, it's not a problem.

Televised violence has many effects on kids. They want to imitate things they see. They don't know the difference between good things and bad things well. Moreover, in some programs a robot comes up again after it has been killed. A robot doesn't spill blood and shed tears if it is hurt. He doesn't say "OUCH!" Little children don't know it's not the same as real life. They may behave aggressively against their friends.

Nowadays there are some suicides among children in Japan because of bullying (especially in junior high school). It's a serious problem. TV violence may be one of the causes. Children bully a friend with violence. This includes violence by saying words and by attitudes.

Parents must control the TV programs their children watch. But many parents (mothers) go out for work, so (if they stay home) they make TV take care of their children after school. People must think about the way to get along with TV.

I think TV violence has too many bad effects on children. For example, a little boy suddenly says violent things. He doesn't know whether this word is good or not. So I am afraid of saying things to children.

Maybe I think it is bad to televise violent programs while children are still awake. Violent shows are bad not only for children but also for society because people who watch violent TV shows want to imitate the TV shows. I think action movies and cartoon programs affect us negatively. We want shooting, punching, beating, pounding, kicking, and hitting. I think parents who have children should restrict their children's viewing of violent TV shows.


More on the Effects of TV violence:
Psychologists Study Effects of TV Violence on Children
My Opinion Poll: Does TV Violence Affect Children's Behavior

Take Yuri's Poll on TV Violence - Sorry, this poll is closed.

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Readers Opinions on Media Violence

E-mail us: What do you think about media violence?


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