Violence on television as a source of learning and imitation for children

María Del Carmen García Galera.

The purpose of this article is to determine how television, more specifically, violence on television, affects on children's behavior. Television plays a significant role in the lives and socialization of children. As a matter of fact, children spend as much time watching television as they do listening to their teachers in school. This research article examines the relationship between violent television viewing and children's aggressiveness. It also presents how children learn some violent behaviors from the content of television and imitate some character of the violent programs. It concludes that sex, age, and social status are also some of the most decisive varia-bles that influence the effects of television on the individuals behavior.

 

Key words: Effects, Television, Violence, Children, Imitation, Learning