Most Popular What's the impact of media violence on kids? The short answer is, no one really knows. But research shows that viewing or playing violent content could increase the chance that a child will act aggressively -- especially if other risk factors are present, such as growing up in a violent home. Heavy exposure to violent media can lead to desensitization too.
The short answer is, no one really knows.
But research shows that viewing or playing violent content could increase the chance that a child will act aggressively -- especially if other risk factors are present, such as growing up in a violent home.
Heavy exposure to violent media can lead to desensitization too. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that parents who watched a lot of movies were more likely to say it was OK for younger kids to watch movies that had R-rated violence and sexual content.
The entertainment industry is always going to try to capture audiences with extreme imagery that tops whatever came before.
But in your own home, you have a lot of control over what your kids watch, see, and play -- and research shows that kids whose parents actively manage their media consume less and make quality choices on their own. There may be a time when your kid is ready to handle more violent media -- and you can introduce it age-appropriately and discuss it as a family.
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Teens receive a version just for them with the latest reviews and top picks for movies, video games, apps, music, books, and more.“Ninety percent of movies, 68% of video games, and 60% of TV shows show some depictions of violence,” says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Sense Media, the online resource for vetting kids media.
Kids 8 and under watch an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes of TV or DVDs a day; older kids watch an average of 4 hours daily.
Children who view media violence are more likely to have increased feelings of hostility, decreased emotional response to the portrayal of violence and injury that lead to violent behavior through imitation.
Speculation as to the causes of the recent mass shooting at a Batman movie screening in Colorado has reignited debates in the psychiatric community about media violence and its effects on human behavior.
Key facts about children’s exposure to violence. In , nearly two-fifths of children ages 17 and younger reported being a witness to violence in their lifetimes (38 percent); this proportion was almost twice as high for children ages 14 to 17 (68 percent). Media violence can affect a child, but not everything they see will cause them to change (whether its attitude or behavior.) Most of the things you see advertised can influence your decisions, good or bad.
Exposure to violence in media, including television, movies, music, and video games, represents a significant risk to the health of children and adolescents.
Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of .