By: Justin Swapp
If you want to prove something, you have to use the
to measure, and then measure it.
Photo by: Keith Bacongco
There are many people who would water down the effect that violence in the media has
on our children.
If there is any doubt in your mind, just spend a little time applying the scientific method – observe them.
As we start this discussion, it's helpful to understand a little about
During their earlier years, children are trying to understand their role in life by framing
it within what they observe in everyday life.
It stands to reason that if you feed your child a steady diet of bacon for every meal,
it's only a matter of time before the kid looks like a pig.
You are what you eat, as the saying goes.
If children have a steady diet of violence, it's only natural for them to experiment with
it as it relates to what they do every day.
If you think there is anything less than a buffet of violence out there for your children
to stuff their faces with, you are kidding yourself.
Here are some examples:
Internet, DVD, Blu-Ray, Xbox, Gameboy, MMORPG, World of
Warcraft, Comics, iPods, Music, Online Chat, Magazines, Movies, School, Cell Phones,
and TV – Now in higher-than-ever definition.
That's right, all the violent detail you could ever want, accessible from anytime, or
Most recently my youngest son, Alexander, got a hold of the remote control and found
his way to the
If you are not familiar with the
kids with martial-art-super-powers-and-costumes shows.
Alexander is two. At that young age, children copy what they see, and they test
boundaries. If you are a parent, you know this.
What do you think Alexander did? He got something he could use as a cape, and
hopped through the house, pausing occasionally to pose in a martial arts stance.
Then, he would find his nearest sibling, and practice a punch or a kick he had seen
on the TV show, complete with sound bites from the program.
He was acting out what he saw glorified on TV. The
seem to have the same effect on him.
TV and movies are arguably the most powerful mediums for communication that we
have today. The technology behind them now is extremely advanced, and made to
impact our senses to extreme degrees.
Trends in content seem to be advancing almost as fast as the technology displaying it.
It's more acceptable now than ever to show extreme content at all hours of the day.
Just look at movies like Saw or Hostle. These shows are out of control and
are the perfect example of gratuitous film making that marks our day and age.
It's well known at this point that violent situations cause a chemical reaction in humans.
This reaction is called fight or flight. We must act now.
We are surrounded by violence in every form of media. It's up to us now to either
fight, or run. As adults we have to protect our children.
We must fight this, not run. You have to fight this in your homes, but you have to also
find other avenues to fight the trend of violence.
Look to join forces with anyone fighting violence. Choose fight, not flight. Don't run
out on your children.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
JUSTIN SWAPP is from Ogden USA. He maintains a Writing and Literature blog - Finish Writing and a business blog - Swappratices.
In his blog, he provides invaluable articles about techniques and styles in writing and encourages aspiring writers to give out their best.
This is what he has to say for himself.
And I quote:
"I am a 32 year old with a BS in Business Marketing, and an MBA. Don’t let that fool you, however. I have always loved writing, and storytelling. I feel that reading and writing is extremely important, and I want to share what I can with those who find what I have to say useful. Write on, regardless of what they say. Write on."End of quote.
Such inspiring words from a knowledgeable blogger. Thanks, Justin for accepting my invitation.