A Bloody Umbrella
Historically, the stories our young people would hear were from parents, grandparents, neighbors, and their religious leaders; however, many of the tales children hear today are from the conglomerate medias, and performed by a variety of people. Thus, the young television viewer is flooded by happy violence which is fast, thrilling, and painless that leads to a pleasant ending giving the viewer a false sense of security (Gerbner 262).
Violence on the television has become widely accepted by American society for children to watch; thus, it is translated in ratings and money. Media executives refuse to take any responsibility for the violence appearing on television and resent being made into scapegoats. Instead, they blame the parents and believe the adult figure has the power to influence the child’s media viewing.
The conglomerate medias have every right under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which grants freedom to use the material viewed on television, movies, and even video games. Art demonstrated through drawing, skill, and talent is under the umbrella of the first amendment. Producers might be more willing to acknowledge the fact there is harm in media violence instead of blaming the children’s environment if it weren’t for the ratings and profits.
The parents should be held accountable for what their children watch on television. Because many of the modern parents are single, busy working, and come home tired, children may be sent to their rooms to watch television; however, the parent is often not aware of the child’s the material the child is viewing.
It is the parents’ responsibility to teach the child the difference between reality and the created world of television. Children need to know that if the show is scary, violent or perhaps confusing it is acceptable to discuss the program with an adult.
Because parents are the primary influence for limiting our young peoples exposure to...