but not even blink an eye when they’re exposed to violence on TV,
in movies or in video games?
Only in the United States is sex considered more “dangerous” than violence.
In European media, no one makes much of a fuss about nudity, for example. If you’re seeing a TV show or movie about a couple and they’re waking up in the morning and getting out of bed, you might get a glimpse of someone’s derriere, just incidentally. If that occurred on American television, however, you’d see news stories about it for weeks, threatened boycotts by watchdog groups, threats by local TV stations not to air the show and Congressional representatives threatening to hold hearings.
More than 3,500 studies have found that media violence is a significant risk factor for children and adolescents, and that it increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior, as well as desensitizing even non-violent kids
Is media violence responsible for all violence in society? No, not at all. In fact, it only contributes an estimated 10-30%. Poverty, racism, personality disturbances and family chaos all contribute more. But we could do something about media violence if we wanted, and thus make society safer. We could show less violence in our media. We could show the consequences of violence on individuals and families. We could show more TV shows and movies that have anti-violence themes. And we could show less use of weapons, especially handguns.
A mom cant get her kid to sleep after seeing scary movie…
should she have the same prob if the kid had seen naked brest???? I dont think so….
What about sex?
Well, for kids under the age of 8 or 10, most of the sexual content or innuendoes they see just go right over their heads. They simply do not understand what’s happening (unless, of course, someone makes a fuss about it). For pre-teens and teens, yes, sexual portrayals are important, and there is increasing evidence that teens exposed to a lot of sexual content in their media are more likely to begin having sex at a younger age. But the problem here is that media is serving as a very powerful sex educator for kids, primarily because they’re not getting good, effective, comprehensive sex education at home from their parents or in schools. If we did a better job of educating kids about sex — instead of “abstinence-only” or “just say no” — they would probably be relatively immune to the effects of sexual content in movies and on TV.
So, in short, you are absolutely right: We need to worry far more about the impact of media violence on kids in this country and less about whether they see two seconds of a performer’s bare breast on a Super Bowl halftime show.