In the year 2000 there are many problems with society. One of the biggest and most controllable is the issue of violence. Although we are subjected to violence everyday by simply turning on the news, other forms of violence for entertainment can be censored.
This is the type of violence that is corrupting the minds of todays youth and destroying
the change for a peaceful future.In todays society violence is saturating the minds of
children and people must learn to become involved in the problem before it is integrated
Due to the fact that violence is everywhere, people accept it because they
are constantly being exposed to it. It has become a reprehensible part of society. On
many television shows and movies the characters approach their problems in a violent
manner. When people view these shows they deduce that violence is an effective way to
go about solving a problem. Children especially have a misconception that violence is
requisite. Childrens television shows contain about 20 violent acts and hour (Children
and Television Violence 1). Childrens minds are still in a developing stage when they are
young and as they grow older. Therefore, if they are constantly watching violent shows
they will develop a violent mentality. As these children grow into adulthood it is most
likely that they will display the violent behavior they have been watching. 59 percent of
those who watch an above average amount of violence on television as children are
involved in more than the average number of such aggressive incidents as later in life
( Children and Television 2). Along with television shows and movies there is also
violence in music, video games and on the Internet. People listen to violent lyrics which
glorify violence and they will think that violence is cool. They think this way especially
if the artist is consider a role model by others. In video games, violence is animated and
people do not see the reality in it. They believe that they will have another life or have the
ability to start the game over. This attracts teenagers because it gives them a chance to be
violent without having to deal with the repercussions.

Since violence is saturating U.S. culture, nonviolence is becoming extinct. There
have been numerous examples where a lives could have been saved if a solution had been
made peacefully instead of violently. An example of this is Columbine High School. The
two students responsible for that massacre were advocates for violence and felt anger
toward the world. If parents, teachers, counselors, or even friends had taken interest into
their lives then the tragedy would have never happened. Programs have been set up where
students can go and work out their problems(i.e. peer mediation). In todays world there
needs to be more of a push towards nonviolence from adults and even kids. If they are
taught at a young age the right way to handle a situation then violence will be able to be
controlled. More than likely the entertainment industry and technology will display
violence because that is what sells and people are not finding effective ways to fight the
All it takes is people to use their voice to change things. The parental advisory
label on CDs was originated by a parent who sent his idea to the president after hearing
one of Princes records. His idea gained support and before he knew it CDs were being
printed with a black and white advisory label for explicit content and lyrics. The second
step in this process is for parents to be aware of the label and heed its warnings. Music
and other forms of entertainment can not be blamed for societys problems but they do
contribute to the compound of ingredients that create violence.
Although violence constantly surrounds people, it should not affect them. People
should realize that most of the scenes are not reality and should not be imitated. Children
who cant distinguish between fantasy and reality shouldnt be exposed to violence. In
order to accomplish this parents must take a stand. Parents must censor what their
children watch and teach them right from wrong. People must realize that children are the
future of our country. If they grow up in a violent society the years to come will be even
more violent. In the past the world has flirted with annihilation and it is up to todays
youth to set the standards of what tomorrow will be like. Without a peaceful childhood
one cannot grow up to be a level-headed individual.

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Works Cited
Children and Television Violence. Online. Internet. 25 May 2000. Available
http://helping.apa.org/family.kidtvviol.html.


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