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children, as well as increases in aggressive attitudes, values, and behavior. Moreover, that
research also supported the conclusion that prolonged viewing of media violence can lead to
emotional desensitization toward violence in real life (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2000).
The Joint Statement also concludes that entertainment violence affects some children more than
others. Children who watch the most media violence are likely to be the most negatively
impacted. For instance, they are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling
conflicts and more likely to use real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a
young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children
who are not so exposed. Others have reported that children who watch the most television are
the least contented (Rideout et al., 1999).
Children from low-income families are the heaviest viewers of television. Since children of ethnic
minority groups are disproportionately represented in low-...
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