A regular offering includes daytime talk shows, some of which are characterized by blatant emotional, psychological, and physical abuse by panel guests toward each other. WCW World Champion Wrestling is viewed by a growing number of Americans, many of whom include young children and adolescents who watch along side of their parents. Network news is littered with graphic renderings of murders, kidnappings, traffic accidents, international war scenes, and the like of which violence is the key component. Prime time TV sports a number of shows that promote violence as a sanctioned means for settling conflicts.
The magazine publisher is the copyright holder of this article and it is reproduced with permission. Further reproduction of this article in violation of the copyright is prohibited. Children often internalize gender role stereotypes from books, songs, television, and the movies Thorne, Nielsen Media Research has found that by the time children are 16 years old, they have spent more time watching television than going to school as cited in Basow, As they develop their cognitive abilities, they assimilate new information and accommodate it to what they already know Piaget, The young child who believes that only women are nurses and only men are doctors may have developed this understanding because the first doctor he or she saw was a man, who was assisted by a female nurse.
This "man as doctor, woman as nurse" idea may have been reinforced further by parents, books, conversations with friends, and television. If the child frequently meets such gender biases and gender stereotypes, this knowledge will be incorporated into future perceptions.
Keeping in mind that young children with developing minds watch many hours of television, and recalling how television reinforces gender stereotypes, it is not surprising when children develop stereotyped beliefs. Research suggests that children who view violent programming on television will behave more aggressively with peers Bandura, ; Strasburger, It is also true that children who view prosocial behaviors on television are more likely to exhibit those types of behaviors themselves.
Young children will imitate and repeat behaviors they see on television. Consequently, children may exhibit these gender-biased behaviors and develop the gender-biased attitudes that they see modeled on television.
Children who witness female characters on television programs who are passive, indecisive, and subordinate to men, and who see this reinforced by their environment, will likely believe that this is the appropriate way for females to behave. Female children are less likely to develop autonomy, initiative, and industriousness if they rarely see those traits modeled.
Similarly, because male characters on television programs are more likely to be shown in leadership roles and exhibiting assertive, decisive behavior, children learn this is the appropriate way for males to behave Cantor, ; Carter, ; Seidman, About two-thirds of characters in television programs are male, a figure that has remained constant since the s Condry, ; Huston et al.
In interactions between men and women, women frequently are defined by their relationships with men Beal, Furthermore, television often does not reflect the reality of the work force. Most women on television are shown working in a profession. Most women in real life, however, are in low-paying, low-status jobs Basow, Most females on prime time television are young, attractive, thin, and have an ornamental quality Davis, Most of these characters are either under 35 or over middle-age women are rare Beal, Females consistently are placed in situations where looks count more than brains, and helpless and incompetent behaviors are expected of them Boyer, Men are twice as likely as women to be shown as competent and able to solve problems Boyer, On music television, a popular program choice among young viewers, females often are shown in degrading positions.
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Rap music videos, for example, frequently portray women as objects of lust Basow, ; Seidman, The Impact of TV Violence on Children and Adolescents. What do we know about the impact of TV violence on our children's values, attitudes, and behavior? Actually, we know a lot. Be sure that you are the primary influence in your child's development rather that the TV.
AC Nielsen Company (). Violence in children’s television is so prevalent that Saturday morning children’s shows contain as much as five times the number of violent acts per hour than . Television Violence And Its Impact On Children By John P.
Murray, Ph.D. THE PROBLEM Research suggests that there are three major ways in which television violence may influence children and adults. n Direct Effect. Children and adults who watch a lot of violence on television .
Children who consistently spend more than 4 hours per day watching TV are more likely to be overweight. Kids who view violent acts on TV are more likely to show aggressive behavior, and to fear that the world is scary and that something bad will happen to them. Teens who play violent video games and apps are more likely to be aggressive.
The influence of the media on the psychosocial development of children is profound. Thus, it is important for physicians to discuss with parents their child’s exposure to media and to provide guidance on age-appropriate use of all media, including television, radio, music, video games and the Internet.
SUMMARYResearch indicates that television has a socializing influence on children regarding their attitudes toward gender roles. Gender role stereotypes seen on television are, in turn, reinforced by parents, friends, and school, contributing to the child's sense .