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Televised violence
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Today, tons of violent programs tend to attract audience's attention, especially young audiences.


Everyone is Responsible

Chien-Hui Liao from Taiwan

If TV has had a negative effect on young people's behavior, then we are all responsible for finding a solution to this problem.

The great invention of the twentieth century—TV—has become part of human life. It really influences people a lot. Or, you can say, TV plays a big role in human society.

Although TV has played a critical role in educational and news broadcasting programs, it has also had a negative effect on young people. Since more and more parents are busy working and have no time to talk or play with their children, TV has gradually become children's best friend.

But, do children know which programs are good and which are inappropriate for them? Obviously, the answer is no. Why? Let's think about this problem and try to figure out what we can do.

Today, tons of violent programs tend to attract audience's attention, especially young audiences. When children watch TV programs, most of what they can watch is violence. Besides, most parents cannot monitor whether a program is good or not.

Because children cannot determine the difference between reality and fantasy, some of them gradually begin to imitate the violent behavior they see and behave more aggressively.

We are all responsible for finding a solution to this problem. What we should not do is criticize and look for someone to blame, but encourage regulation of the TV programs.

What parents should not do is complain how TV programs desensitize their children, but view the TV programs together with their children and talk about them.

What TV producers should not do is think of money first, but consider carefully what kinds of programs they make. In spite of the fact that making money is important, trying to affect audiences positively is more crucial, isn't it?


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