Television Negative Influence

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Television is a word that is synonymous with modern culture. The majority of Americans own televisions, and most of us watch at least some programming each day. But we rarely stop to think about the impact of what we are watching, or of what our children are watching. Is television subconsciously changing our beliefs, or skewing our worldview? Is it making us smarter, or more violent? Most importantly, is television a positive or negative influence on society, or a little bit of both?
Firstly, “Impact of Media Use on Children and Youth” starts off with a general overview of various positive and negative impacts television can have on children, dependent on the personality and susceptibility of a child to things like violence and advertisement.
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It also covers more territory and argues that television can have a positive impact on children’s lives just as easily as a negative impact, with the right parental guidance. Hestroni tends to focus on disproving claims that television violence definitely causes real world violence, and instead convinces us that violence is dependent on many factors, not just television shows, and that those who become violent after watching television shows tend to have a predisposition to that behavior beforehand…show more content…
I would argue that television has the ability to harm or help anyone who watches it, and that it is up to parents to allow their child to watch what they are emotionally capable of handling while they are young and developing opinions. However, I still believe that it is important television companies take into account the needs of young viewers, showing repercussions to bad behavior and encouraging them to do the right thing, but without censoring violence all together. Therefore, I agree most with Hestroni in that he accounts for variability of each individual in the impact of television plots on
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