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Violence in the media is a direct cause of violence among children

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Started: 5/21/2015 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lilnuts

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Children nowadays have easily access to all kinds of media (Internet, TV, video games) which contain a lots of violent actions. Moreover, children (up until 8 years) cannot distinguish clearly between the real world and fantasy. Therefore, they are easily influenced and inclined to adopt aggressive behaviour themselves.
pftjschute-me

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Assuming we aren't arguing that children can learn to punch from Iron Man just as ably as from an abusive father[1], I will look instead to your phrasing of the media being a "direct cause." In medical terminology, for the cause of a disease to be direct, "there must be no known variable intervening between the suspect factor and the disease" [2]. To say there is no known variable between the presence of violence in the media and violent behavior in children would be absurd. Clearly the children first and foremost would need access to this nebulous thing called "the media," and this access is granted or revoked by the child's parents.

That isn't to say the choices a set of parents make with regards to what they permit and forbid of their child is a direct cause of violence among children, in fact far from it. Parents are incapable of shielding their children from all violence in our violent world, for even if the child is separated from all living things they will still have to contend with the violent nature of nature itself[3].

Instead, I would argue that violence among children is the direct result of neglect, and not the media. The neglect of children can range anywhere from legal negligence on the part of parents to just forgetting to tell them that throwing sand in other kid's faces and stomping on their sandcastles like an adorable mini-godzilla is bad and shouldn't be done. In other words, the violence of children happens because people make mistakes.

Returning now to a few of the points you have made, even if children are easily influenced that doesn't mean they're definitively inclined. If someone's daughter is passionate about horses, and she is shown, via the media, horses being beaten tortured and killed, she will not be inclined to engage in these violent actions herself. In fact, she'll probably be horrified, and actively dissuaded from pursuing these actions. Therefore, violence in the media is a direct cause of pacifism among children.

Furthermore, children are indeed able to distinguish fantasy from reality. Let's say you show a child a magic trick, showing him a coin and then causing it to vanish. So long as he is somewhere past 4-7 months of age, he will not believe the fantasy that it has ceased to be should you tell him so[4]. If he is 4-7 months of age he won't understand you.

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[1] Of course ideas of violence have to come from somewhere, with media being a viable source, but if you want to argue that violence exists because we know how to be violent, that's an irrelevant truism on par with, "we can only do what we are capable of doing," for which the age in which a person received such abilities entirely incidental, and the instigation of a debate entirely pointless.
[2] http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com...
[3] After all, a child may learn to smash windows under no more influence the tutorship of an especially nasty storm.
[4] http://veipd.org...
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