Northwest NEWS

May 31, 1999

Editorial

Effects of media violence

   It is a proven fact that television violence influences kids the most. The National Institute of Mental health published a report in 1982 stating, "Violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch those programs."

   In the last few months, there has been a record amount of student killings in schools around the nation. One of the causes of these massacres is said to be the media.

   The killers of Columbine High in Littleton, Colorado mimicked the actions of actors in the movie Natural Born Killers. This movie is about two teenagers who kill convenience store workers just for the fun of it.

   These violent acts can't be stopped altogether, but parents and members of society can do something to help. These people can act as role models and settle their conflicts peaceably and manage anger without violence. Parental censorship of television is another possible solution to this problem.

   Support of anger management programs and anti-violence public service announcements will also play an active role in helping lessen violence among youth.

Lindsey Hart, 9th grade student, Timbercrest Jr. High