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“Bang- Bang!! You’re dead,” Charlie says to Andrew as they are watching Cops on the television. “NO! That is not fair, we didn’t get into a fight, and we have to get into a fight before we shot each other!” Andrew announced to Charlie as he starts to stand up! “Well, then steal something and I will come after you just like in the show!” According to one researcher, “Before children reach the age of 18, they spend approximately 22,000 hours watching television, and about 200,000 violent acts” (Gunter 23). Violence can come in many forms, but out of all the violence in the media, the television plays a large role in child development. There is plenty of evidence that the viewing of violent programs on television contributes to aggressive behavior in children.
The words “aggression and violence” are used interchangeably and mean the same thing. Aggression is, “regarded as human behavior which deliberately attempts to cause injury to other people or things that are not one’s one. According to Van der Voort, aggression can be direct or indirect or physical or n…
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