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NCJ Number: 160245 Find in a Library
Title: Censoring Media Violence is Necessary To Protect Children (From Violence in the Media, P 57-58, 1995, Carol Wekesser, ed. -- See NCJ-160238)
Corporate Author: American Medical News
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: American Medical News
Chicago, IL 60610
Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Violent television programs promote violence and aggressiveness in children; to prevent this harm, violence on television must be regulated and censored.
Abstract: Violent television programming is a proven product that guarantees an audience, and it is easy to write and inexpensive to produce. Children are exposed to violence on programs that range from cartoons to the new breed of "reality" shows, such as actual police operations. Censorship and limits have always been an accepted part of television, especially on broadcast TV. Even the most violent shows still cannot use some of the words commonly used on the street that are considered offensive; neither can they show nudity. Violence, however, has been permitted. The movement to curb violent TV is less an attempt to curtail television's first amendment rights than to limit the access of younger viewers to harmful programming. The American Medical Association supports equipping new television sets with a microprocessor that would allow households to screen out violent programs and has called on advertisers to pull their ads from violent shows. The American Medical Association, along with other organizations, also advocates guidelines and a violence rating system for programming during prime time and children's viewing hours. The standards would be enforced through fines and a threat of license revocation.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Censorship; Media violence; Violence causes; Violence on television; Violence prevention
Note: From "Curbing Television's Violent Streak," American Medical News, September 6, 1993.
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