Effects of Television violence and Children
Although the television serves as a form of entertainment, when you abuse its use, and make it a habit to watch, it gives negative effects on the behavior of children especially in their brain’s development. II. PORPUSE OF THE RESEARCH
IV. HIPOTHESIS & METHOD
A. CHILDREN QUESTIONNAIRE
1. HOW IT CAN AFFECT VIEWER’S BEHAVIOUR
2. CHILDREN RESPONSES
B. EFFECTS & RESULTS
1. NEGATIVE EFFECTS
a. Behavior of children
b. Brain development
Although the television serves as a form of entertainment, when you abuse its use, and make it a habit to watch, it gives negative effects on the behavior of children especially in their brain’s development. Purpose of the Research:
This paper aims to explore the effect of violence seen on TV on children’s behavior. Television violence and its effects on viewers has been a controversial issue for many years. Some viewers believe that there is an increasingly large amount of violence on television and this widespread public concern has: “Led to calls for stricter controls on the depiction of violence in programs." (Gunter and McAleer 1990)
I chose this research topic because I have a three year old boy who I babysit from time to time and enjoys watching television. I thought it may give me an insight into the effect these so called, children’s programs are actually having on him, if any.
The vast majority of research is inconclusive but demonstrates strong links between viewing violence and committing violent acts. To try and add value to previous research I conducted my own research through collating information from questionnaires issued to children (ages 5-17) in my best friend work place, New Era Educational School in Toa Baja PR; however the results did not directly support my hypothesis.
The sole purpose of this project is to examine whether children behave differently after they have been watching violence on television. In addition the question that is of paramount importance to this whole piece of investigative work is: · Are children more likely to imitate acts of violence or aggressive behavior because of what they have seen on television?
A continuing debate between Broadcasters and Scientists is permanently ongoing and in spite of the accumulation of evidence between the links of viewing television violence and children’s behavior the debate goes on.
Furthermore, media professionals would rather believe that television has no effects other than those intended, thousands of studies have pointed to casual relationships between television violence and real-life crime. In spite of numerous research studies, the perception continues that the effects of television violence are unclear, even contradictory.
Moreover, blaming the media could be an easy option for some and can serve to divert attention from other causes or change going on in a child’s life, and so claims about the, “Effects of Television” could be massively exaggerated.
This ongoing debate has inspired a great deal of research, one of the most well known and publicized experiments was that of Albert Bandura’s Bobo doll studies, which are now widely regarded as early research classics in the field of psychology. I am going to discuss this experiment in greater detail within this project and hopefully link it with more recent research, my own research and observations to support my hypothesis.
HYPOTHESIS & METHOD
HYPOTHESIS: It is predicted that children will imitate violence or display violent behavior after viewing violence on television.
My initial first step of this investigation was to carry out literacy research in my chosen topic, in order to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the subject area. This involved searching Internet web sites, books,...
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