demonstrates that viewing entertainment violence can lead to increases
attitudes, values, and behavior, particularly in children. Yet media fraught with violence – including television
programs, movies, video games, and music – are routinely marketed to
Viewing media violence feeds a perception that
the world is a violent, mean place and can lead to emotional
desensitization toward real life violence.
Children who view a lot of violent media are more likely to view
violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children
exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for
violent and aggressive behavior later in life.
Did you know?
Children, on average, will
witness on television
200,000 acts of
violence, including 40,000
murders, by the time they a
Violent toys, often tied to
violent media, are commonly marketed to young children. Movies with
ratings for older children are often marketed with toys rated for
younger children. In 2007, 91% of the toys for the PG-13, blockbuster,
Transformers, were rated
suitable for children 5 and under.
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