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The Link between TV Violence and the Violence of Children
Children watch a lot of television.  TV has even become a babysitter.
There is more violence portrayed on television than in earlier years.  Crime has increased
steadily over the years as well.  Many children have been involved in violent crimes in recent years, and
there is a link between violence on television and the increase in crime.
As early as 1960, Leonard Eron and L. Rowell Huesmann, researchers in Columbia County,
New York, discovered a connection between violence on TV and how aggressively children behaved.
Children seeing violence on TV, beginning as young as eight years old, exhibited more aggressive
behavior.  As they grew older, still watching violence on TV, the aggressive behavior continued.
There seemed to be a cumulative effect in the children’s behavior.  Being aggressive as a child
is a good indicator as to the type of behavior that will be exhibited as an adult.  Several studies followed
participants over three decades and revealed that those p…
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