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focus of the August 2nd
public health summit on entertainment violence was the following
joint statement made by the American Psychological Association, the
American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and
the American Academyof Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
“The conclusion of the public health community based on 30
years of research is that viewing entertainment violence can lead to
increases in aggressive attitudes, values and behaviors, particularly in
most parents have already intuited, the four health professional groups
state that children who view violence:
Are more likely to view violence as an effective way of solving
Assume acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
Can be desensitized toward violence in real life.
Can be less likely to aid a victim.
Can have a higher tendency for violent aggressive behavior later
an AP report, Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kan said the statement compares
to the medical community stating that
cigarettes cause cancer.
your children beginning to see violence as a way of life?
In addition to curtailing your child’s exposure to violence,
you may want to discuss their ideas about how to solve conflicts with
peers. You might ask what they would do if they saw someone being hurt
by another person and notice if they respond to reported or visual acts
of violence with acceptance or indifference.
Lion and The Lamb, an entertainment violence monitoring group is
concerned that the message we are sending children in the media and with
computer games is that violence is OK.
Take the time to become familiar with you child’s
desensitization level regarding violence.
If you perceive an accepting or even humorous attitude toward
violence, you may want to spend a lot of time talking to your child
about the real consequences of violence and the fact that what they see
as make believe on various types of screens is viewed very differently
when it occurs in real life. Remember, the message they continually get
from the screen is that it is fun and it is OK.