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THE EFFECTS OF MEDIA VIOLENCE ON CHILDREN
On April 20,1999 two boys by the names of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their High school in the little town of Colombine Colorado and opened fire on their fellow classmates.Some say it was the parents others say just pure teen adolescence; I say it was the media. In the 1950’s Television wasfirstintroduced to America, only ten percent of the families owned a one television in their home, by 1960 that number increased to a mere 90% of the people owning a TV, but now a whopping 99% of homes in our country own a TV. 54% of children have one in their own room. Television has become somuch of a part of are existence that it is virtually impossible to imagine life without it. We all love TV. We can’t help ourselves. But the question is what !
is TV doing to us? And how much is too much? Children begin to react totelevision at a very early age, studies show that by the age of three, 95% ofchildren will imitate someone on TV as they would a real live person, andchildren between the ages of six and ten believe that most of what they see ontelevision is true life. Children learn more about life through the media thanany other matter. It is said that the average child, from the ages of three totwelve will watch a minimum of 28 hours of TV a week, meaning childrenspend more time in front of the so called “Boob Tube” then they do in theclassroom. This makes them very vulnerable to the eff…

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