This was my proposal:
In the 78 years of since the invention of television, it has gone from a luxury item to a common household appliance. However, with an average of two televisions per household, its effects on children and society at large have transformed this household appliance into a virtual weapon of mass destruction. With the increased level of violenceshown on television each day, children have become immune and insensitive to violenceand are more aggressive verbally and physically than ever before. While this is a serious problem, it is not one without a solution. Parents need to take a proactive role and monitor what their children are watching as well as discuss what is being viewed on televisionrather than rely on television as an electronic babysitter for their children.
This paper will target a college educated audience and will examine: the use of televisionas an electronic babysitter by parents, the effects and consequences of televisionviolence on children, and the various ways that we can protect our children from the effects of prolonged exposure to television violence.
Here are some of the sources I was looking at:
Blakey, Rea. ?Study links TV viewing among kids to later violence.? CNN/Health on the Web 28 March 2002. 28 January 2005. tv.violence/>.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Key Facts: TV Violence. Spring 2003. 27 January 2005. .
?Children and TV Violence?. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. April 1999. 27 January 2005. violence.htm>.
Nisbett, Michael John. ?Facts About Media Violence and Effects on the American Family.? The Christian Resource Centre 19 January 2005. 25 January 2005. < http://www.nisbett.com/child-ent/facts_about_media_violence.htm>.
Murray, John P. ?TV Violence and Brainmapping in Children.? Psychiatric Times October 2001. 26 January 2005.
?Raising Children to Resist Violence: What You Can Do?. American Psychological Association 2005. 30 January 2005. .
Dittmann, M. ?Childhood exposure to televised violence may predict aggressive behavior in adults?. American Psychological Association: Monitor on Psychology 5 May 2003. .
Szaflik, Kevin. ?Violence on TV: The Desensitizing of America?. 3 May 2000. 31 January 2005. < http://www.ridgenet.org/szaflik/tvrating.htm>.
Gerbner, George. ?TV Violence and the Art of Asking the Wrong Question?. July 1994.
31 January 2005. < http://www.medialit.org/reading_room/article459.html>.
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