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The author of this paper, Tiffany Adkins, adequately states and suggests.

that television can be, and often is, a determing factor in the establishment of a .

negative attitude in young children exposed to the incredible amount of violence .

portrayed as "normal" in the world today. For many years now, parents have .

found the television set to be a replacement for the babysitter, allowing them to .

go about their business uninterrupted by the child while costing them nothing.

RESPONSE.

It takes only an hour or so of watching television to know Ms. Adkins is .

correct in her assessment of what we see on television. Not only is the violence .

content overwhelming, but it is of such a graphic nature as to remove the horror .

of seeing a fellow human being dismembered or gutted like a fish. Ms. Adkins.

opinion regarding desensitization and aggression in children as a result of .

watching television is futher proved by statistical information on the increase in.

violent acts by young children and adolescents. .

The overall pattern of research findings indicates a positive association between.

television violence and aggressive behavior. A Washington Post article (Oldenburg, .

1992), states that "the preponderance of evidence from more than 3,000 research studies .

over two decades shows that the violence portrayed on television influence the attitudes .

and behavior of children who watch it." Signorielli (1991) finds that: "Most of the.

scientific evidence reveals a relationship between television and aggressive behavior. .

While few would say that there is absolute proof that watching television caused .

aggressive behavior, the overall cumulative weight of all the studies gives credence to the .

position that they are related. Essentially, television violence is one of the things that .

may lead to aggressive, antisocial, or criminal behavior; it does, however, usually work .