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NCJ Number: 150937 Find in a Library
Title: Media and Violence: Research Shows Behaviour is Linked (From No to Violence, P 82-88, 1994, Mary Labatt, ed. -- See NCJ-150928)
Author(s): J Westmorland
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Ontario Teachers' Federation
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5, Canada
Sale Source: Ontario Teachers' Federation
1260 Bay Street
Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This article reviews research findings on the links between the viewing of media violence and the aggressive behavior of child viewers, followed by suggestions for how schools may counter the negative effects of viewing media violence.
Abstract: Research shows that continued exposure to media violence and aggression has significant effects on emotions and behaviors. It yields less sensitivity to others' pain and suffering, unrealistic fears, and the approbation of aggression as a response to conflict or stress. The effects of media portrayals can be counteracted in the school and the home. The National Association for the Education of Young Children has stated, "Of all the sources and manifestations of violence in children's lives, media violence is perhaps the most easily corrected." Education can provide children and youth with positive coping strategies and models for behavior, as well as critical tools for examining media content. School strategies should create a school culture of nonviolence, develop school rules that reinforce nonviolent behaviors, provide playground supervision that encourages nonviolent games and behaviors, promote a process for conflict resolution, and work with students when themes of media violence appear in their play and in their work. Schools should also help students be critical media viewers and emphasize the difference between reality and television. Another area in which teachers can make a difference is by pushing for legislated controls on programming.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Media violence; School delinquency programs; Violence causes; Violence on television; Violence prevention
Note: Reprinted from FWTAO Newsletter, May/June, 1994.
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