Media Violence Essay

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Media violence has a major role in the lives of our youth today. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2001), “It has been estimated that by the age of 18, the average young person will have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television alone” (p. 1). It gets an unfair amount of criticism and blame for the violent acts committed by our youth. The blame is justified because the youth is easily influenced by the people that they look up to. Mental health is a major risk factor that is overlooked, but it is a major factor of why some of these children commit violent acts. They spend so much time watching violent programming or playing violent games that it seems to be real life to them. The violence depicted in media is a contributing factor, but research shows that mental health plays a major role in the reason these youth commit these acts. In society today mass media has assumed the central role in our children’s lives. With the new access to a variety of social interactions through social media has opened doors to social interactions where aggression can occur and our youths being victimized (Huesmann, 2007). Our youth have access to mobile phones, text messaging, email, and chat rooms by our youth has opened them up to being victimized. It has gotten to the point a child can now be a victim of cyber bullying. It is when children are bullied over the internet. It is now extremely hard to protect children from this threat. No one can possibly monitor their children twenty four seven. "Electronic bullying of high school students threatens the self-esteem, emotional well-being and social standing of youth at a very vulnerable stage of their development," study author Dr. Andrew Adesman said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release (Health Day, 2012). So there isn’t a way to truly protect your children from the different threats that come

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