A very warm welcome to everyone present here. We all know that nothing influence people as much as violence and its glorification.
Be it Hollywood action movies to Bollywood stunt sequences, it is what violent and risky outlook that appeals to us.
It particularly appeals to a very important section of the audience that is young kids and teenagers.
Effect of these violence’s on young kids and teenagers can greatly shaped their personality as the crew of which is going to be the topic of the speech.
The violence of television on the young kids is something we should particularly be vigilant about. Violence is literally everywhere in the media today and it’s becoming harder to avoid in our society.
Today with the explosion of Technology and 24/7 media access that comes with it, the question more than ever is what’s the actual impact specially on our kids?
The short answer is, we know it’s a real issue for our kids and teenagers, but we don’t know the exact impact.
Research on the amount and the impact of violence of the media are both out of date and incomplete. What we do know from the existing research is that media violence is pervasive.
Past studies estimate that about 90% of movies, 68% of video games, 60% of TV shows, and 15% of all music videos include some depictions of violence.
And kids are exposed to a whole lot of it. In-fact a recent study found that kids as young as 8 years old are spending nearly 7 and a half hours per day with media and it’s surely more time they spend with their family, friends and school.
But experts agree that no one single factor can cause a nonviolent person to act aggressively. Heavy exposure to violent media may definitely be a risk factor for violent behavior.
Children who are exposed to multiples of these risk factors including aggression at home are the most likely to behave aggressively.
So what can we do to prevent this media violence? First we need to make the right choice. We must choose what media the kids are exposed to and what they are not.
If inculcate this habit from a very young age it is easier for the parents and to control what the kids are going to do over media both in terms of television and interactive Internet media services.
For little ones it’s best to avoid shows, movies and games that include aggression and violence. Kids under 7 can’t actually distinguish between Fact and Fantasy.
Secondly, we should try limiting their exposure. We must keep a track of what they are watching and playing. As kids get older, and they move between multiple screens, their exposure to television violence can add up very quickly.
So our best bet is to set clear time limits and actively track and manage all the ways that the kids are exposed to media violence.
Finally, we must find those teachable moments. The reality is that we can’t control everything that the kids are going to see and hear.
When they are exposed to violent content, we must take the time to talk to the kids discussing other ways that characters could have solved their problems without resorting to violence or aggression.
One more thing to note is that it is not just the amount of TV time that should concern parents these days but content counts too.
Violence on TV is much different from the violence we see in real life. And what is most disturbing is that a lot of kids immediate what’s going on the television.
There have been numerous instances in the past where kids have fought with their classmates being influenced by various television shows.
Few teenagers have also been known to have procured arms and ammunition’s from illegal and improper channels and carry them to their schools in an effort to imitate what they have been shown on the television.
It is not true that the kids do not feel the difference between reality and imitation.
However, research suggests that when the kids are exposed to an overwhelming amount of fake imitations of violence, the imitation becomes the reality, and they start finding resemblances and start relating themselves to the characters shown on the television, who are mainly characters which glorify violence and aggression.
So all of a sudden their world is a world which is much more violent.
Recent research has shown that children who were exposed to greater amount of screen time viewing nonviolent television programs ended up spending leisure time watching violent programs up to a year later.
These kids were also seen to have a reduced interest towards the electronic media and electronic screen.
They ended engaging in real life social interactions and were more interested towards electronic media.
We must all remember that kids are extremely impressionable and can be influenced very easily.
We must use this noble and innocent quality of kids to inculcate in them values that will help them become a responsible adult in future for the greater good of the nation and the human race as a whole.