Since the beginning of television, parents, teachers and mental health professionals have wanted to understand the effects of television programs on a person’s health, particularly on children and teenagers. There has always been a special concern for the portrayal of violence since children have a tendency to imitate what they see.
According to Google, by the age of 18, the average person has seen 200,000 acts of violence on TV, including 40,000 murders. The most common effect of seeing violence on television are: Children may become less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, they might be more fearful of the world around them, and they may be more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways towards others. A 2002 report by the US Secret Service and the US Department of Education targeted 37 shooting incidents in schools and found that over half of the attackers demonstrated some interest in violence through movies, video games, books, and other media.
Although television can be useful in some ways, we should always be aware of the consequences it could have on our minds and we must also make sure to not spend a lot of time watching violence on any kind of media.