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Children Viewing Violence on Television
In virtually all American households, a television is present. Through this electronic device, the public receives different messages. The main use of the television is for entertainment purposes. The programs on television usually mirror and enhance the different aspects of American culture. People ranging from infants to elderly adults watch television, the subject matter that is appropriate for these different age groups varies. Yet, television is indiscriminate of age presenting any topic to whoever chooses to view it. The television of today contains various aspects of society and enhances it, creating an entertaining program. One of these aspects is violence. Young children learn through imitation; one venue by which they gain examples to imitate is television. Thus exposure to excessive television violence has negative effects on the young people who view it.
The American Psychological Association claims that if children watch two to four hours of television daily, they will have been witnesses to 8,000 murders and more th…
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