Now let’s talk about what other people say. Since the early 1960s research evidence has been accumulating that suggests that exposure to violence in television, movies, video games, cell phones, and on the internet increases the risk of violent behavior on the viewer’s part just as growing up in an environment filled with real violence increases the risk of them behaving violently. In the current review this research evidence is critically assessed, and the psychological theory that explains why exposure to violence has detrimental effects for both the short run and long run is elaborated.
Finally, the size of the media violence effect is compared with some other well known threats to society to estimate how important a threat it should be considered. In order to understand the empirical research implicating violence in electronic media as a threat to society, an understanding of why and how violent media cause aggression is vital. In fact, psychological theories that explain why media violence is such a threat are now well established. Furthermore, these theories also explain why the observation of violence in the real world. Among the family, among peers, and within the community also stimulates aggressive behavior in the observer.
School shootings and school violence incite fear into the hearts of many parents who send their children off to school each day, expecting them to return safely hours later. School shootings are just one type of school violence; however, every day students face different types of school violence including:
Being threatened and intimidated Being physically and/or verbally assaulted Being bullied and/or cyberbulliedThe results of a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011 reported the following statistics on school violence after conducting interviews with high-schoolers throughout the country: One in five students said they experienced bullying during the past year.
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