Aggressiveness of TV Impressions

In Indonesia, there are no studies on the effect of violence shows on children's behavior. It certainly makes it increasingly difficult to say that the television influences on children's behavior.

Meanwhile, although still confusing, outside researchers have concluded there was a correlation, not to mention the cause, between the violent impressions with the child's behavior.

A survey ever conducted by the Christian Science Monitor in 1996 to 1,209 parents with children aged 2-17 years. To the question of how much violence on TV affected children, 56% of respondents answered very affecting. The rest, 26% was affecting, 5% was quite affecting, and 11% was not affecting.

The result of the study by Dr. Brandon Centerwall of the University of Washington reinforced the survey. He was looking for a statistical association between the increasing level of crime in the form of violence with the entry of the TV in three countries. The focus of the study was the whites.

The result was, in Canada and the U.S., murder rate among the white population rose by almost 100%. In the same period, TV ownership increased in comparison with the parallel.

In South Africa, TV was allowed in 1975. Centerwall research from 1975-1983 showed, the murder rate among the whites increased by 130%. In fact, between 1945-1974, the murder rate was decreasing.

Centerwall later explained, the TV didn't directly impact on adults with murder, but the effect gradually embedded in the actors since they were children.

Thus, there were three stages of violence recorded in the study: initially, the increasing violence among children; a few years later, the rising violence among adolescents; and in the later years of the study in which the level of crime increased significantly, the crime of murder by an adult.

This discovery was in line with the results of the research by the National Institute of Mental Health, United States, carried out in a large scale for ten years, "Violence in television programs lead to aggressive behavior in children and adolescents who watched the programs."

Meanwhile, Ron Solby from Harvard University explained in detail, there were four kinds of effects of violence in television to the personality development of children.

The first is the impact of aggressor, where the evil nature of the child increases.

Secondly is the impact of the victim, where the child becomes timid and increasingly difficult to trust others.

The third is the impact of observer. Here, the child becomes increasingly less concerned about the difficulties of others.

The fourth is the impact of lust, with the increasing desire of the child to see or do violence to solve any problems.

Well, it's time to pay attention to the spectacle of children at home.

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