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disproportionately represented among low-income children, who consume more hours of media
per day, and who already have more risk factors in their lives as a result of living in poverty, media
violence adds yet another potential assault to their healthy development.
In addition, young children are especially vulnerable to the harmful and stereotyped messages
about race and violence that they see in the media. Because people of color are inadequately
represented in positive roles and overrepresented in negative ones, and because of children's
cognitive stage of development, these messages have a greater potential to negatively impact
their developing sense of themselves and others.
Finally, this marketing of violence to children, and especially children of color, has far-reaching
implications for society. By reflecting the racism, violence, and the system of power that already
exist in society, the messages embedded in the media images children see socialize them into a
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