Violent Media: Desensitized Youth Amy L. Walker Southern New Hampshire University

These types of media are causing children to imagine that society is very violent and this can cause certain fears and isolation from the outside world. music. Mental health organizations along with the Surgeon General have found that violent media causes desensitization to the suffering and pain of others and causes aggressive behavior in children that use participation media such as video games. heath professionals. regulate what their children have access to. and on how to prevent becoming violent by finding alternative ways to help with depression and desensitization. television programming. Therefore. Educators can help with teaching intervention classes on bullying and educate the youth about the history of violence in media and what events this has caused. video games. . The only way to combat this type of violent media is to address this issue with parents. Health Providers need to diagnose these violent symptoms in the youth of this nation and treat them with counseling sessions. and educators through media education. and the internet. and what ratings that their youth should be viewing. cell phones. Provide parents with the means to recognize the signs of this aggressive behavior. and also can cause aggressive behavior towards society. our youth can than tell the difference between real life and media fantasy.2 VIOLENT MEDIA Abstract In recent years more advanced media types have been put on the market and geared towards a young audience by extensive marketing advertisements. These types of media are movies.

committed suicide but not before killing twelve students and one teacher. These two high school students played the video game “Doom” an apocalyptic shooter video game with lots of monsters. The amount of play can affect the child’s . attitudes. Aggressive cognitions. Movies. blood and gore. cell phones.3 VIOLENT MEDIA Violent Media: Desensitizing Youth On Tuesday. 1999 at Columbine High School two students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. three while attempting to escape death. but can also affect school performance. April 20. social networking. television programming. and behavior have been linked to violent media by a growing body of research done on school children that have not been monitored by parents while watching and participating in violent media programming. researchers have found that not only do violent media affect a child’s behavior. Some discussions to this disaster were aimed at the role of violent movies and video games causing aggressive behavior and the desensitizing young people toward violence. In recent years. This research was conducted on four different schools in order to test violent media’s effect on both eighth and ninth grade students who had no parental interference in the type of media they were viewing and to examine the outcome of youth under the influence of violent video games on their public surroundings. then injuring twenty-four other students. and video games have become a favorite of our nation’s youth. The youth who showed signs of aggression towards school faculty and other students were the study group who played violent video games and other violent media.

Parents may have problems with the rating systems for television because there is an alphabetized indicator such as “D” but no explanation.4 VIOLENT MEDIA performance in school because they are not doing their assigned homework and suffering from lack of sleep. These systems were provided for parents and youth to show the content of movies. Playing participation media can cause aggressive outcomes towards teachers." (349) A rating system was implemented by Congress in May 2001 called the 21st Century Media Responsibility Act of 2001 along with other mass media rating systems. internet. Parents need only make use of this tool to prevent the youth today from participating in these forms of media. . the majority answered that parents were never interested in their chosen viewing of this violent media. Youth were asked how often their parents put limits on their viewing and whether they checked the ratings on rented or bought movies and video games. Rowell Huesmann states. “that exposure to media violence causes children to behave more aggressively and affects them as adults years later. music. The following bar chart shows the years 1999 to 2007 and how the higher percentage shows that parents are aware of media ratings the lower percentage depicts parents not using these rating boards. television programming and video games in order to prevent viewing of explicit content in any form of media. parents are children’s teachers and should make viewing of this kind of media prohibited. This rating means that there is sexual dialogue or innuendo which is a long meaning for one letter and viewing that is not agreeable to parents. Children have minds that are impressionable because they are still learning and long-term exposure to violent media can cause behavior modification. Children are under the guidance of certain people such as their parents or Guardians and these individuals should be monitoring what their youth are viewing. other students. and family members. Professor L. There should be restrictions in place for children to abide by.

they do not have occassion to council a child and parent on violence intervention. brochures. A physician can refer a parent to enroll the youth in a community program where there are strong mentors to help resolve the aggressive behavior by either counseling of finding alternative thing to occupy the child other than video games. or television. 1999-2007 (Apr. 2008 Another individual that is close enough to children to determine if they have violent tendencies acquired through media is health care providers. Physicians see patients for 5 to 15 minutes in one visit and are very time limited during appointments. The clinicians could also intervene with interpersonal means such as pamphlets. 2008) Source: Entertainment Software Association www. movies. The doctor could counsel the youth during well child checkup or tell the family members about gun safety. At least this is what community leaders and parents suggest. Apr.pff. Some pediatricians are with a child or other family members for most of their life and trusted by their patients.5 VIOLENT MEDIA Parental Awareness and Use of Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) Ratings.org. They believe that a physician would be more helpful in just communicating with the patient and parent about alternative ways of . magazines. and posters that reflect assistance for aggressive behavior.

Ryan. physicians can work in tandem with existing resources in the community to maximize their influence. .” (Barkin.6 VIOLENT MEDIA finding help with this major problem. p 57) A physician could become a very important link in reinforcing the use of community programs by children in need of good peer examples and youth who have overcome these aggressive behaviors caused by violent mass media. 1999. Gelberg. “Although these barriers cannot be overcome easily. Physicians believe their time is limited with a patient but if they became educated on what community resources are available they might help their patients find relief for this serious problem.



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