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Chapter 3: Should Children’s Access to Violent Media

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Chapter 3: Should Children’s Access to Violent Media
Be Restricted?
Chapter Preface
Yes: Children Should Not Have Access to Violent Media
The Entertainment Industry Should Reduce Its Production of
Youth-Oriented Violent Media by Media Appeal
Parents are increasingly worried about their children’s exposure to violent
TV, movies, music, and video games, and researchers are convinced that media violence harms child development. The entertainment industry should respond to these concerns by setting industry standards regarding media violence. The industry should voluntarily reduce the level of violence in its products, ban the marketing of violent media to children, and renew its commitment to producing nonviolent family programming.
The Entertainment Industry Should Not Be Allowed to Market Violent Media to Children by Orrin G. Hatch
Just as the public was outraged to learn that cigarette companies were marketing their products to children and teenagers, so too should they be outraged by the entertainment industry’s practices regarding the advertising of violent media. Advertisements for blatantly violent video games and music target children, and the producers of these media regularly ignore their own ratings systems that say such material is inappropriate for children. If the entertainment industry insists on marketing these harmful materials to children, the Federal Trade Commission may have to intervene. Parents Should Limit Children’s Exposure to Violence in the Media
by Madeline Levine
Parents have a responsibility to shield their children from harmful words and images. Depictions of violence do not teach children how to cope with violence—they simply traumatize them. Violence of almost any sort is inappropriate for children underage six. After age eight or nine, children are more able to distinguish real life from fiction. However, more realistic depictions of violence—such as those often found on the TV
news—may still be very damaging to older children.
Better Ratings Systems Would Help Parents Protect Children from Media Violence by Michael Medved
The ratings systems currently used by the motion picture, television, and video game industries are vague and difficult to understand. Parents need a clear, consistent ratings system that covers all elements of popular culture, in order to make more informed choices about the entertainment their children are exposed to.
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