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Unformatted text preview: 13 EBSCOhost Because of young children's focus on the concrete and their inability to connect actions with their
effects, they are particularly vulnerable to glamorized violence shown in the media. When children
see the violence, it looks exciting, powerful, and the method of choice for resolving conflicts. They
try to act it out before they can fully understand its meaning or are fully able to think through how it
affects others. Teachers often report how surprised some children are when the violent actions
they imitate in play hurt other children. The desensitization to violence described by researchers
begins at an early age and is fueled by glamorized violence shown to children before they are
able to understand its effects (Carlsson-Paige & Levin, 1991).
These same characteristics of young children's thinking also make them especially vulnerable to
messages in the media about race. Because of young children's tendency to focus on salient and
visible features, the attributes of characters i...
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